Come and Sing with Birmingham Bach Choir

Fancy singing Mozart with Birmingham Bach Choir? The leading West Midlands-based choir invites singers from across the region to join them for a workshop exploring a choral masterpiece.

The annual Come and Sing event, which takes place on Saturday 4 February 2017 at Selly Oak Methodist Church, Birmingham, sees the acclaimed choir tackle Mozart’s uplifting Coronation Mass.

One of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most popular Masses, it was written in 1779. Joyful, celebratory and (at less than 30mins) compact, the Coronation Mass was completed in challenging circumstances. After a period of travel, the 23-year-old Mozart found himself back in his birthplace of Salzburg, Austria, reluctantly taking up the job as a cathedral organist under an archbishop who imposed strict rules on the composition of music. Mass in C K317, to give it its official title, took on the now established nickname Coronation Mass after becoming associated with later royal occasions.

The relaxed, informal and inspired afternoon workshop (and concluding performance), will be led by Birmingham Bach Choir’s Musical Director and conductor Paul Spicer – himself an accomplished composer.

“Come and Sing is one of our most popular activities,” says Sarah Platt, Birmingham Bach Choir’s Chair. “It’s a great opportunity to sing a major choral work instructed by Paul, as well as to meet other singers from all walks of life, from across the West Midlands.”

But the afternoon workshop wouldn’t be complete without the Choir’s celebrated refreshments.

“During our break we’ll also be serving tea with our famed homemade cakes too,” adds Sarah. “They always go down very well indeed!”

Tickets for Come and Sing cost just £12 with tea and cakes included. Attendees can bring their score, or hire one for just £1. For more information, including booking forms, see: www.birmingham.bachchoir.com or call 0121 705 3388 to reserve your place.

LISTINGS:

Saturday 4 February 2017
Come and Sing
Join conductor Paul Spicer and members of the Birmingham Bach Choir in an afternoon workshop rehearsing choruses from Mozarts’s Coronation Mass.
Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langleys Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6HT
2pm
£12/ £13 (inc music hire)
Bookings: call 0121 705 3388 or email: cands@birmingham.bachchoir.com 
Details: www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

ABOUT BIRMINGHAM BACH CHOIR:

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 longest established musical groups in the area. Although the main focus is the Baroque period (especially JS Bach), the choir performs music spanning over 300 years including 20th and 21st century works.

A huge degree of dynamic subtlety… exhilarating… a wonderful evening.”  5-stars – Birmingham Post (reviewing Magnificat at Birmingham Cathedral, March 2015).

“The real deal…” 4-stars – Birmingham Post (reviewing A Shakespearean Concert, June 2016)

“Sounding awesomely impressive.” 4-stars – Birmingham Post (reviewing Great Russian Sacred Music, November 2016)

Forthcoming concerts include JS Bach’s St Mark Passion (11 March 2017, Lichfield Cathedral, Staffs), and a programme of work featuring French composers, including Fauré’s well-loved Requiem (17 June 2017, Pershore Abbey, Worcs; 24 June 2017, St Philip’s Birmingham Cathedral). The choir will also be performing Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday (14 April 2017) at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

For more information see: www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

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