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!
On Sunday 22nd May, Birmingham Festival Choral Society performed at the Adrian Boult Hall for the last time. The Birmingham Conservatoire will be relocated to the Birmingham Eastside Campus, and we look forward to the opening of the new concert hall in 2017.
BFCS sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Ave Verum Corpus, accompanied by Queen’s Park Sinfonia.
We were delighted to sing again with our Birmingham Conservatoire soloists:Robert Tilson, Elouise Waterhouse, Lucinda Scott and Alistair Donaghue.
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.
After 11 exciting years our music director Patrick Larley will be stepping down this summer in order to leave more time for composition. The appointment process for a new MD is under way, with the intention that that the successful candidate will be in place by January 2017.
We have another tour planned for this summer : to Burgundy, centered on Auxerre. One of our concerts will be in the St Pierre church in the village of St Julien du Sault, renowned for having one of the few remaining Renaissance organs in Western Europe.
Enjoy one of Handel’s finest works, the lively ‘Dixit Dominus’, written in the Italian style when he was just 22 years old. Handel’s Chandos Anthem no 9, written in England 10 years later, features an operatic sense of drama in a smaller scale work, ‘O Praise the Lord with one consent’.
Our string orchestra will play the Sinfonia in B flat by another well known musician of the London Baroque period: William Boyce, Master of the Kings Musick and organist at the Chapel Royal. Finally, the choir will sing the beautiful setting of the Salvator Mundi by John Blow, Purcell’s teacher and predecessor at Westminster Abbey.
Candle-lit Carols in aid of SIFA Fireside, which tackles homelessness, alcohol misuse and social exclusion. A festive programme for choir and audience. Please join the choir for refreshments in the church after the concert. There will be a collection for SIFA Fireside after the concert. Click here for map
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