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2018

11 November 2018
Heroes for Peace - a fitting tribute
25 October 2018
Evensong for the Lord Lieutenant
21 October 2018
I was glad! A feast of Parry
1 September 2018
2019/2020 Season Launched
12 July 2018
Evensong in Worcester Cathedral
24 June 2018
French Fireworks! From Widor to Castagnet
28 April 2018
Rejoice! The UK and USA come together
11 April 2018
Evensong for Her Majesty the Queen
11 March 2018
Over 200 Singers for Mahler's Resurrection

2017

17 December 2017
Christmas Carols and Messiah
20 November 2017
Ten Years with Bach and Haydn
28 October 2017
The Armed Man : Workshop Success
9 July 2017
A Fantastic French Feast
1 June 2017
Viva Venice! Choir on Tour
2 April 2017
Monteverdi Vespers Success!
4 February 2017
Long Lines in Lichfield

2016

11 December 2016
Santa Claus came to Town!
28 November 2016
Poulenc Gloria with the RPO
22 October 2016
Recording #4 - a Feast of Faure
3 October 2016
Good Greve - Awards and Socialising
10 July 2016
Rossini Rave Reviews
23 May 2016
Pagliacci, Plants and Parties
4 April 2016
924 years Not Out!
20 March 2016
Viva Verdi! Stunning Success
5 March 2016
Forty for Gloria in Brum
28 February 2016
Big Singing Success with John Rutter!
4 January 2016
Tickets at a New Home

2015

2014

 

Forty for Gloria in Brum

This evening over forty choir members visited Birmingham’s Symphony Hall to hear the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Poulenc – for whose Gloria the orchestra were joined by members of the CBSO Chorus and the soprano soloist Sophie Bevan.

Poulenc with Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
 
The CBSO Chorus - ready for Poulenc

The Poulenc is a great favourite of many choir members and we are hopeful that we will get the chance to perform it again soon (we last performed in in 2002); conductor Nicholas Collon kept the pace flowing throughout and ensured that the gaps between each movement were short and sweet. The acoustics in the Hall are so superb that we were able to hear every word of the Poulenc, and the large proportion of men in the choir ensured that there was a superb balance across all four parts.

One Half of the Assembled Choir
 
And the Other Half of the Assembled Choir

For many of our group it was the Tchaikovsky, however, which was a great revelation. Over nearly twenty minutes the brooding atmosphere was full apparent, and as each section moved on it became clear that it was not a work in traditional exposition-development-recapitulation form, but instead a very linear fantasy.