THURSDAY 14TH - SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2019 - NEC, BIRMINGHAM
City Of Birmingham Choir
Since 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir has entertained audiences with a wide and adventurous repertoire. Singing from the start in the historic Town Hall and, since its opening, in the magnificent Symphony Hall, we have also enjoyed a warm musical partnership with the city’s international orchestra, the CBSO.
Our Conductor and musical director is Adrian Lucas. Adrian brings a wealth of experience as one of the country’s leading choral directors and conductors. Composer, teacher and all-round versatile musician, Colin Baines is our accompanist.
We have sung the major choral works as well as more challenging and newer compositions. The standard of our performances draws consistent praise.
We have worked with other orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan and the BBC Concert Orchestra. We joined the CBSO Chorus and CBSO for the much-praised centenary performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Kingdom.
We have performed some of the more intimate choral repertoire in ‘out of town’ venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, most recently in June 2017. Easter 2017 saw our second hugely successful and enjoyable overseas tour – singing Handel’s Messiah in the Stephansdom in Vienna – following a tour to Paris in April 2015.
A highly-acclaimed performance of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, our stylish annual Handel’s Messiah performances, collaboration with Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra (Belshazzar’s Feast in 2017) – these are some highlights. We celebrated our 90th birthday in November 2011 with Janáček’s electrifying Glagolitic Mass, and in March 2012 with the groundbreaking Equinox concert bringing together musicians from many cultures. A Christmas Treats CD was recorded in the same year. We are now planning our Centenary in 2021.