Come along at 7pm on Wednesday 7th September to sample a BFCS rehearsal, with no obligation! A very warm welcome awaits you. We meet at Lordswood Girls’ School, Knightlow Rd, Harborne, Birmingham B17 8QB.
The choir has just returned from a very successful tour to France, and is looking forward to preparing French music for our November concert. The major works in this concert will be the beautiful requiems by Faure and Durufle.
Our AGM took place yesterday (13th July), with end of year reports and elections of new committee members. We said a special ‘thank you’ to Tim, who has been such a hard working Chair for the last 5 years, and Marianne, who has retired as membership secretary after many years on the committee. Both have played a very important role in the life of the choir.
There was then some excitement as we prepared to present our gifts to our departing Music Director, Patrick Larley! Patrick has been with us for 11 years, and he and several singers referred to highlights of that period: the Elijah concert in the newly refurbished Town Hall, Bach’s B minor Mass, Fanshaw’s Pacific Song, (complete with garlands and actions) The Creation at the International Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth and, of course, the world premiere of ‘The Birmingham Spirituals’, commissioned from Patrick by BFCS.
We sang him our new version of Maxwell Davies’ ‘Lullaby for Lucy’, with Ali Bann’s new words ‘Lullaby for Larley’! A framed version of the song was presented to him by Ali afterwards. Patrick was also presented with a Photobook of memories, a symbolic tree with messages written by individual singers, and a token, with the suggestion of purchasing a real plum tree. Margund presented some framed pictures she had sketched, and finally Patrick’s supportive wife, Gill was presented with a bouquet.
We’re pleased that this wasn’t quite the final farewell for many of us, as Patrick and Gill are coming on our choir tour to Burgundy at the end of July- just one week from now!
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!
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.
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