One of the City’s oldest and most distinguished musical groups, Birmingham Bach Choir will be presenting an Easter Concert to mark the spiritual occasion at Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s) this March 2020.
Pre-dating both the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and the City of Birmingham Choir, they celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2019. Since forming, they have given inspiring and breath-taking performances throughout the Midlands. Birmingham Bach Choir is a leading large chamber choir with a repertoire spanning six centuries, in particular music of JS Bach, the Baroque period and contemporary British choral music accompanied by a baroque orchestra, organ or a cappella.
As well as performing loved pieces heard by many, they often introduce audiences to music they have not heard before with the likes of the MacMillan’s Seven Last Words (2010), Paul Spicer’s new choral symphony Unfinished Remembering (2015), a concert of Russian Orthodox music (2016) and the first performance in the West Midlands of J S Bach’s St Mark Passion (2017).
Music Director Paul Spicer took over as Conductor from Richard Butt in 1992, making this the 27th year of Spicer’s partnership with the Birmingham Bach Choir. Following an exhilarating series of centenary celebration events during 2019, this year they will be performing concerts of 20th century choral music for Eastertide, including Britten’s deeply spiritual festival cantata, ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’, and Leighton’s great Mass for Double Choir. Both works feature choir and four soloists. In addition, a short piece by David Bednall will be premiered – based on the words of a 17th century poem, ‘The Dear Bargain’, by Richard Crashaw.
Paul Spicer – Conductor, Soloists
Helen Vincent (soprano)
Samantha Lewis (alto)
Timothy Burton (tenor)
Barnabas Stevens (bass)
Rachel Mahon – Organist
Vaughan Williams ‘O clap your hands’
Leighton ‘Give me the wings of faith’
Walton ‘Set me as a seal’ Jubilate
Britten ‘Rejoice in the lamb’
Leighton Mass for Double Choir David Bednall’s World Premiere of a short piece commissioned by Birmingham Bach Choir for their centenary
Venue: Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s), Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB
Date and Time: Saturday 4 April at 7.30 pm
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