A wonderful summer evening in Tewkesbury was the setting for our concert in the historic Abbey, Rejoice and Be Glad. Amongst a richness of choral works, Gerald Finzi’s ‘Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice’ was the most substantial piece. Choir members were intrigued to encounter the sculpture of the metaphorical ‘self-wounding Pelican! Whose breast weeps Balm for wounded man.’ This is part of Crashaw’s version of St Thomas Aquinas’ hymns.
Unusually, we have had the opportunity to sing this work three times this year – in the Stephansdom in Vienna, in Symphony Hall and in Tewkesbury Abbey. We were lucky to be accompanied on all three occasions by our excellent organist, Paul Carr.
Now for a summer break before rehearsals start again in September.
We are looking forward to our delightful concert at Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday 17th June. A feast of choral music in glorious architectural surroundings. Tickets still available. Read more here.
We hope you will come and join us for this eagerly anticipated evening.
A huge thank you to all the talented members of the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra for their professional and committed playing in the Belshazzar’s Feast concert. Also to all who made it happen, and especially to Mike Seal, conductor, for his hard work, humour and passion. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert and look forward to the opportunity to work with you again. Well done all!
We rehearsed Belshazzar’s Feast on Saturday morning with the Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, and it promises to be an AWESOME concert! What brilliant young players. The choir were in excellent voice, too.
Tickets are still available – don’t miss it!
Malcolm Arnold – English Dances; Finzi – Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice; Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast.
We have just returned from an excellent tour to Vienna, including a performance of Handel’s Messiah which received a standing ovation from the large and appreciative audience.
Our next great excitement is our collaboration with Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra under the baton of CBSO Associate conductor and long-time director of the BSSO, Michael Seal. Enjoy a rare chance in Birmingham to hear the fantastic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton. Saturday 21st May at 7.30 pm in Symphony Hall.
Off we go to Vienna for our latest exciting international tour. On Friday 21st April we will be singing in the Stephansdom (St Stephen’s Cathedral) in Vienna. A feast of English choral music at the lunchtime mass and short recital; our speciality, Handel’s Messiah, at 8.30 pm.
When we return, our next great excitement will be our collaboration with Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra under the baton of CBSO Associate conductor and long-time director of the BSSO, Michael Seal. Enjoy a rare chance in Birmingham to hear the fantastic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton. Saturday 21st May at 7.30 pm in Symphony Hall.
We are enjoying learning some pretty tough music, not the least in the guise of Belshazzar’s Feast. If you have never heard Walton’s great work, listen to a recording and then book tickets at www.thsh.co.uk to our performance with BSSO and Michael Seal on Saturday 20th May. Tickets are at bargain price.
First unleashed on the musical scene in 1931, this jazzy, dramatic, evocative and electrifying piece pulls no punches in telling the famous story of the Babylonian king and the ‘writing on the wall’.
We would like to wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year – with plenty of marvellous music to accompany it.
Our season continues with great excitements – a tour to Vienna, Belshazzar’s Feast with the brilliant young players of BSSO and another day out to Tewkesbury Abbey.
Thank you for supporting our concerts so far – Songs from a Changing World, Spectacular Classics, Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Classics.
We look forward to seeing you at our performances in 2017.
Actor Kevin Whately, famous for his role as TV detective, Lewis, is the special guest reader of our Christmas Classics concert. Come along to Symphony Hall on Saturday 17th December for a festive feast of music for Christmas-tide. With the City Choir under its conductor Adrian Lucas will be the London Concert Orchestra, soloist Julia Doyle and trumpeters from the Band of the Queen’s Division.
Buy your tickets now – we look forward to seeing you.