Birmingham Festival Choral Society sings a wide variety of the world’s best choral music from the 16th to the 21st century. BFCS also commissions new works, the most recent being Bob Chilcott, Circle Song (2004) and Patrick Larley, The Birmingham Spirituals (2014).
We perform three main concerts a year, usually in churches or concert halls in central Birmingham. Out of town concerts over recent years have taken place in Malvern Priory, Tewkesbury Abbey, St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow, and St Paul’s Church in Chichester.
We enjoy coming together with other choirs for special concerts, and in the past two seasons have sung with eight other choirs.
After eleven years of memorable rehearsal and performance, Patrick Larley stepped down as music director in July 2016. We are delighted to announce that David Wynne has been appointed to replace him and will take up the reins in January 2017.
David Wynne has been Music Director of the Ryton Chorale since 2013 and Arrow Vale Singers since 2012. He graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a Masters degree in Vocal and Operatic Performance (studying as a bass-baritone) and has been a soloist in both oratorio and opera. While at the Conservatoire he was awarded a scholarship to study choral conducting with the influential conductor Paul Spicer. In addition to his conducting posts David is closely involved in educational work: he is co-founder of the St Chad’s Choral Outreach Programme in Birmingham, and teaches and conducts at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. Further information will be found on the link below.
Our accompanist and organist extraordinaire Kevin Gill is charge during the Autumn 2016 term and will conduct our concert on 19 November In Paradisum (Requiem Masses by Fauré and Duruflé)
More information on Kevin Gill.
TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
The choir regularly tours abroad, and tours have included Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia and Ireland. In July 2016 70 members of the choir toured Burgundy, France, performing in Sens, Auxerre, St Julien du Sault and Vezelay.
More information on our Tours.
To improve vocal technique, and for the social rewards, from time to time we also organise choral workshop weekends.
BFCS has a venerable history and has sung under the baton of a number of illustrious conductors.
More information on our History.
Our patrons are two established composers, Elis Pehkonen and John Joubert, and the celebrated choral director David Lawrence.
More information on our Patrons.