Paul Spicer’s Castaway Classics

Paul Spicer

– Leading conductor and composer reveals formative influences and discusses his career. 

Renowned conductor, composer, author and academic Paul Spicer discusses his life’s work and influences on Saturday 18 February 2017 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Harborne, Birmingham.

Spicer began his musical training as a chorister at New College, Oxford before going on to study with Herbert Howells and Richard Popplewell at the Royal College of Music in London.

He’s since overseen leading UK arts festivals, composed major choral works (including Unfinished Remembering, commissioned for the centenary of WWI), authored definitive biographies of both Sir George Dyson and Herbert Howells, released countless recordings, and performed across the world.

He presently teaches choral conducting at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he directs both chamber choirs, and, since 1992, has additionally directed Birmingham Bach Choir, leading the choir to continued and widespread acclaim.

In conversation with former Birmingham Bach Choir president Pauline Round, the relaxed evening will see Paul recalling formative influences, revealing some conducting and compositional tricks, and introducing recordings.

Says Paul: “I will talk about my life, musical passions and development, and about adolescent musical crushes which became lifelong crusades – amongst other things!”

Paul Spicer’s Castaway Classics, takes place on Saturday 18 February 2017 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Church Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0BB. Starts 7pm, with tickets (limited to 100) £15 (inc refreshments) available via 0121 258 2956 or www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

LISTINGS:

Saturday 18 February 2017
Paul Spicer’s Castaway Classics
The leading conductor, composer, author and academic reveals his influences and shares his choice of music.
St Peter’s Church Hall, Old Church Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0BB
7pm
Tickets: £15 (inc refreshments)
Bookings via: 0121 258 2956 or www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

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