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 Ludlow, the Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, The Crossing, Worksop, and St Mary’s Church, Warwick.
In addition to this, we do a Christmas concert, raising money for charities nominated by our members.
David Wynne became our Music Director in January 2017. He combines a passion for many styles of choral music with a great sense of humour and love for life.
Further information will be found in this link: David Wynne
ACCOMPANIST – Piano and organ
Our accompanist and organist extraordinaire is Kevin Gill.
More information on Kevin Gill.
TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
The choir regularly tours abroad. Past tours have included Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Belgium & Holland, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia, Ireland, and France. In May 2019 the choir travelled to Romania, giving concerts in Bucharest, Brasov and the World Heritage Citadel in Sighisoara.
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 Elis Pehkonen, the composer, and the celebrated choral director David Lawrence.
More information on our Patrons.