Birmingham Bach Choir are heading to Europe later this week for a short German tour.
Fifty-one members of the Choir – who hail from right across the West Midlands – along with conductor Paul Spicer, will be heading out to Dresden for four very special concert appearances between Saturday 25 and Monday 27 May 2013.
Singing in English, they will be performing works by Bach, Purcell, Parry, Britten, Howells and MacMillan at Maria am Wasser (Maria on the Waterfront) and Frauenkirche (Church Of Our Lady), both in the city of Dresden, as well as singing in the 13th century Gothic Cathedral, in nearby Meissen, and the interdenominational St. Peter’s Cathedral, in Bautzen.
The Choir’s links with the German city stretch back to the 1980s when their membership included Ulrike Birkner-Kettenacker. Effectively the last East German ambassador in London prior to the reunification of Germany in 1990, she is presently Minister at Maria am Wasser, on the banks of the picturesque River Elbe.
The choir makes regular visits to Europe, visiting such cities as Leipzig (Germany), and more recently Florence, Siena and San Gimignano (Italy). They last visited Dresden in 1989.
Birmingham Bach Choir has been contributing to the musical life of the region since 1919, making it one of the oldest musical groups in the area. Although they perform music spanning over 300 years, the main focus is the music of JS Bach and the Baroque period.
Forthcoming UK concerts include performances at Great Witley Church in June, and The Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham, in July, while next year sees the premier of a new choral symphony entitled Unfinished Remembering to mark the anniversary of The Great War, which will be unveiled at Symphony Hall Birmingham.
For more information on the choir and forthcoming UK concerts, see: www.birmingham.bachchoir.com
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