Men required for leading West Midlands choir

– Call out for Bass and Tenor singers
– Plus bursary award winners announced

Birmingham Bach Choir want more men! The renowned West Midlands-based choir are currently looking for male basses and tenors to join their ranks and are inviting prospective members to an Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

The evening rehearsal will take place in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and music (Bach and Handel) will be provided.

The call-out comes in the wake of the announcement of three bursaries which have been awarded to young tenors James Beddoe, Richard James and Tom Dalton.

Tom (23) is presently studying medicine at University of Birmingham, while Richard (21) is studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire – both live in the city. Worcester resident James (22) recently graduated from the University of York, where he also sang with the University Opera Society and Symphony Orchestra as well as York Minster Choir, and Yorkshire Bach Choir.

Says James: “It’s been great singing with the Birmingham Bach Choir so far: there’s an excellent range of repertoire coupled with [choir conductor] Paul’s skilful directing, and you get a real sense that the singers are engaged in the music. I’ve felt very welcome – there’s an excellent group spirit!”

Tom adds: “It is definitely the finest choir I have ever sung with – I feel honoured to be included! And I have greatly enjoyed the range of music chosen so far, much of which was unfamiliar to me.”

Sarah Platt, Birmingham Bach Choir’s Chair, said: “We are really delighted to be able to make these awards to financially help young singers in the area. Richard and James’ bursaries have been donated by the John Feeney Charitable Trust, while Tom’s has been financed by Birmingham Bach Choir. We welcome all three to the choir and hope they enjoy singing with us over the coming year.”

Birmingham Bach Choir’s next official concert, at which all three new singers will be performing in the choir, is Magnificat, at Birmingham Cathedral, on 28 March 2015. For more information, see:


As one of the UK’s leading large chamber choirs Birmingham Bach Choir has been contributing to the musical life of the West Midlands since 1919, making it one of the oldest musical groups in the area. Although they perform music spanning over 300 years, their main focus is the Baroque period (especially JS Bach), plus 20th and 21st century works.

2013/2014 marked Birmingham Bach Choirs’ 95th season and included the World Premiere of a brand new choral symphony by Paul Spicer and Euan Tait to mark the outbreak of The Great War entitled Unfinished Remembering – a key event in the UK-wide First World War Centenary programme which debuted at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, to great acclaim in September 2014.

The Choir’s 2014/2015 Season includes Bach’s Magnificat (28 March 2015, Birmingham Cathedral) and Duruflé Requiem (27 June 2015, St Paul’s, JQ, Birmingham; 4 July 2015, Tewksbury Abbey, Glos).

For more information, including details of forthcoming concerts, see: 

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