Last Saturday, 14th December, David Wynne put on his Christmas Suit (!) and led the singers of Birmingham Festival Choral Society and their friends and family in an evening of Christmas music and readings.
It’s hard to imagine a Carol Concert without music by Rutter! Our audience was treated to three of Rutter’s carols, as well as Christmas music by Tchaikovsky, Joubert, and many arrangements by David Willcocks. One highlight was The Three Kings, by Cornelius, with the baritone solo sung beautifully by Barry Jones , standing in at short notice for a croaky David Wynne. David’s voice was good enough, though to read out Christmas cracker jokes between the items!
We also heard readings from A Christmas Carol, (Dickens), The Oxen (Hardy) and Journey of the Magi (Rust)
We were pleased to have a chance to sing Ring the Bells by Paul Fincham once more. We were one of 15 choirs singing this new carol in performances on Saturday 14th December – the listing on the London Philharmonic website showed many performances during December, with all proceeds from the sale of the music going to the charity Crisis.
Our charity for this year was The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, set up after Cameron took his own life in 2014. Cameron’s father told us how the charity aims to support young people with mental health difficulties, and to encourage them to seek help and talk about how they feel. Our generous audience and singers put £600 in the collecting buckets.
Our concert finished with an enthusiastic rendition of Jingle Bells, with members of the audience invited to join in by shaking their keys! Then it was time for the mulled wine and mince pies and a chance to chat to friends and family.
Glorious choral works with organ, brass and percussion. The concert includes works written for royal occasions, and music written by Jean Dattas, who was born 100 years ago.
Rutter: Gloria, Walton: Coronation Te Deum, Parry: I Was Glad, Vaughan Williams: Old Hundredth, Vaughan Williams: O Clap Your Hands, Will Todd: The Lord is my Shepherd, Will Todd: Stay with Me Lord, Will Todd: Call of Wisdom, Jean Dattas: Ave Maria, Kyrie and Sanctus.
Birmingham Festival Choral Society, Gemini Brass, Kevin Gill: organ, David Wynne: conductor.
St John’s and St Peter’s Church, Ladywood ARC, Darnley Road, Birmingham, B16 8TF
Our concert on 1st April contains a wide variety of popular choral music, in keeping with our ‘Nocturne’ theme. This will be the first BFCS concert conducted by our new Music Director, David Wynne! We hope that you will be able to share it with us.
Frederic Chopin Three Nocturnes (Kevin Gill, piano)
Charles H.H.Parry Songs of Farewell (unaccompanied)
We are delighted to announce that David Wynne is to be our new Music Director.
David will take up his new post in January. It promises to be an exciting future!
David 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.