St George’s was full when Birmingham Festival Choral Society gave their last Birmingham concert with Patrick Larley as Music Director. It was extra special to perform Mozart’s beautiful ‘Ave Verum corpus’, and we all enjoyed singing the Masses by Schubert and Mozart. The sopranos and altos also sang Schubert’s ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’, which was a special treat.
We were delighted to welcome back our Conservatoire soloists, Elouise Waterhouse, Robert Tilson and Alistair Donague for a third concert with us. Sarah Ann Cromwell first sang with us ten years ago, when she was a Conservatoire student. Her singing of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate was one of the highlights of yesterday’s concert!
Our ‘Taste of Vienna’ concert on 9th July will bring to an end Patrick Larley’s 11 years as Music Director of Birmingham Festival Choral Society. We hope that you will be able to come and share our last Birmingham concert conducted by Patrick.
The choir has really benefited from Patrick’s weekly tuition in singing technique, and we have appreciated his unfailing courtesy and good humour in rehearsals. We have sung some wonderful concerts under his direction, with a wide range of choral music in many lovely venues.
The final event will be our choir tour to Burgundy, when Patrick will conduct us in concerts in Auxerre, St Julien du Sault and Vezeley. What a lovely way to finish!
Concert 8 pm, Sunday 22nd May, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.
BFCS has many happy memories of concerts at the Adrian Boult Hall, and is delighted to be performing there one last time, as part of their ‘City of Sounds’ festival. We will be singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Ave Verum Corpus, with Queen’s Park Sinfonia and the Conservatoire vocal soloists from our March and July concerts.
BFCS looks forward to future concerts in the new Conservatoire concert hall after their move to the new Eastside campus.