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Our centenary continues

11th April 2022, by Mark Lawrence

We recently held a hugely enjoyable event with three local schools, Voice Factory Commonwealth – continuing our long-standing Voice Factory outreach programme as part of our centenary education project. Linked to the Commonwealth Games, we had three partner schools, each hosting a musician – African drumming, Bhangra dancing and Gospel singing.  We also joined forces with the schools to perform John Barber’s The Rain Queen, which we premiered in 2015.

Now we are looking forward to our concert in Tewkesbury Abbey on 11th June, Faire is the Heaven. Click HERE for more information and tickets.

Would you like to buy our engaging and colourful Centenary Book?  Click HERE for details.

Continuing the Centenary

1st January 2022, by Mark Lawrence

WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we start rehearsing after our Christmas break, having given five live concerts in the autumn of 2021 as part of our Centenary celebrations, we will be rehearsing and learning through workshops.  We will continue our education project with another group of schools, leading to a sharing performance in March.  Looking further ahead, we will give a concert in Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday 11th June – details to follow.

Would you like to buy our engaging and colourful Centenary Book?  Click here for details.

Christmas Greetings

12th December 2021, by Mark Lawrence

After the 100th autumn of the City of Birmingham Choir, celebrating our centenary with five live concerts in Town Hall and Symphony Hall, we take a short break over Christmas.  Continuing to take great care to stay safe from COVID, we start rehearsals again on 4th January 2022.  Maybe you are a singer and would like to join us?

Meanwhile, every best wish from us to you for a healthy and peaceful Christmas and new year.

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Messiah – the Centenary Performance

2nd December 2021, by Mark Lawrence

Following our hugely successful educational concert, Messiah – the Inside View, we are delighted to perform the full Handelian epic.  Join us with the CBSO and exceptional soloists at Symphony Hall on Friday 10th December at 7 pm for HANDEL’S MESSIAH.

This is our Centenary Year. The choir’s first concert took place on 28th November 1921.  Our third concert, on 18th December 1921 in Town Hall, was our first performance of Messiah.  Subsequent performances of Messiah took place in 1935 and 1936 and then, from 1943, it was sung between one and three times every year until now.  The only exception was in 2020 (owing to COVID-19 restrictions).  How delighted we are to be back again this year!

Please book tickets via this LINK or by visiting the B:Music box office online or in person.

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One Hundred Years Ago

3rd August 2021, by Mark Lawrence

This 28th November at 2.30 pm, 100 years to the day, in the Town Hall, join us for MESSIAH – The Inside View: A fun-filled family event where you can get to know Handel’s masterpiece in an easy and accessible way.  Cameras and a big screen will let you see what the orchestra and players are up to.  Tickets are just £5 and there’s even a family ticket for £15.

 

Here is the programme from the very first concert of the City of Birmingham Choir, 28th November 1921, given in the Town Hall.

   

Celebration of the Centenary

21st March 2021, by Mark Lawrence

Tonight, we webcast the Haydn@Home recordings of Haydn’s Nelson Mass which we recorded remotely in the autumn, preceded by a discussion between Conductor Adrian Lucas and Accompanist Colin Baines, and followed by a group of members talking about their experiences of being in the choir (ranging from 1 year to 50 years).

After this, members joined a Zoom Social to raise a glass or two to the choir.

Today (21st March) marks the 100th Anniversary of the first rehearsal of the then brand new City of Birmingham Choir on 21st March 1921.

21st March – Centenary begins

15th March 2021, by Mark Lawrence

On the 21st of March 1921, the newly formed City of Birmingham Choir gathered for the first time under the watchful eye of Director of Music Appleby Matthews to begin rehearsals of Rutland Boughton’s nativity opera ‘Bethlehem’. 100 years on, we cannot be together in person, but we will be marking the  occasion with a stream of our Haydn@Home performance. Please join us Sunday evening 21st March just before 7pm on Facebook.
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Centenary starts…

8th March 2021, by Mark Lawrence

The start of the 1920’s was a milestone in Birmingham’s musical history when, in 1920 the City of Birmingham Orchestra (later the CBSO) gave their very first concert conducted by Sir Edward Elgar. Then, in 1921 the City of Birmingham Choir was formed to perform choral concerts with the orchestra as well as pursuing their own programme. 100 years later, both organisations are still going strong, despite having their relative centenaries disrupted by a global pandemic! How history repeats itself….

New year, new repertoire!

31st January 2021, by Mark Lawrence

Vaughan Williams

We have started rehearsing remotely again, marking our Centenary Year by rehearsing two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams which we have not performed in living memory. In Windsor Forest is an adaptation of Shakespeare songs from RVW’s opera Sir John in Love.  Paired with this is the more well-known Serenade to Music, written to celebrate Proms-founder Sir Henry Wood’s 50th anniversary as conductor.

We are enjoying getting to grips with this new territory and intend to bring you some performances in due course, as we did with our Haydn@Home and Carols for a Lockdown Christmas projects.

Happy Christmas from the City of Birmingham Choir

21st December 2020, by Mark Lawrence

We have enjoyed wonderful rehearsals and togetherness online this term. Although we have had no live concerts, our series of recordings of Haydn@Home and Music for a Lockdown Christmas is there for you on YouTube

We will be singing music by Vaughan Williams  starting in January. Maybe you would like to join the choir?
Until then, have a safe and restful Christmas. We hope your new year will be brighter as vaccines begin to filter through.  Eventually, we will perform live for you once again