Come And Sing: Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

A chance to exercise your vocal skills with one of the region’s most accomplished choral groups.
Saturday 4 February 2023, Birmingham.

Birmingham Bach Choir’s popular annual Come And Sing! workshop returns on Saturday 4 February 2023 with an open invitation to rehearse, and perform, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.

Taking place at Birmingham’s Selly Oak Methodist Church, at 2pm, the afternoon event is lead by conductor and composer Paul Spicer – one of the UK’s most respected choral masters. All singers are welcome, and the workshop/ rehearsal concludes with an early evening performance (5pm) – with guests of singers invited to hear the performance (at no charge).

Written in 1876-1877, Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater played a major part in establishing the Czech composer’s hefty reputation. Consisting of 10 movements, the piece was penned during a period of great personal loss for Dvořák, as he came to terms with multiple family deaths.

“It is an extraordinary work on any level, but the fact that it was written in response to the death of three of his children speaks volumes about the emotional intensity of the work,” explains Paul Spicer.

“The music is full-hearted, romantic and wonderfully lyrical with so much for the singer to enjoy and I am sure that everyone who comes to sing it with us will go away feeling a sense of real engagement with the music as well as a personal engagement with Dvořák’s extraordinary loss.”

Birmingham Bach Choir are one of the region’s most distinguished (and longest established) large chamber choirs. The choir, who celebrated their centenary in 2019, perform music from six centuries, with forthcoming public performances focusing on Rachmaninoff (1 Apr 2023, Birmingham) and Brahms (24 Jun 2023, Bridgnorth; 1 Jul, Birmingham).

Tickets for Come And Sing! Dvořák’s Stabat Mater are £17 (or £20 including music hire), with tea and home-made cakes provided.

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Saturday 4 February 2023
Come And Sing! with Birmingham Bach Choir: Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

A chance for choral singers to rehearse and perform a major classical work with conductor Paul Spicer, one of the UK’s leading choral masters.

Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langley’s Road, Birmingham B29 6HT
Rehearsal: 2pm; Performance: 5pm.
Sing only £17; Sing and music hire £20.
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1 April 2023, St Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Rachmaninoff: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
– A rare opportunity to hear Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece sung unaccompanied and in its original language (Liturgical Slavonic).

24 June 2023, St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
1 July 2023, CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Beautiful Brahms
– Featuring some of Johannes Brahms best choral works.


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 600 years, including 20th and 21st century works, and has premiered many new choral works.

2019 was the choir’s centenary, a year which saw them make a series of special appearances, including a Gala Concert in Lichfield Cathedral and a performance for Royalty.

The 2022-2023 Season marks Conductor Paul Spicer’s 30th anniversary with the choir.

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