Birmingham Bach Choir at Birmingham Town Hall

Birmingham Bach Choir at Birmingham Town Hall


Posted 2017-10-26 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 30 Nov 2017

Internationally renowned conductor Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years of leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert at Birmingham Town Hall on November 30, 2017.

Fittingly for a choir named in honour of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach , Paul has chosen Bach's masterful Mass In B Minor for the performance."Bach's B minor Mass is quite simply one of the greatest creations of the human mind," says Paul. "It has been central to my musical career ever since Birmingham Bach Choir's previous musical director, Richard Butt, brought back a full score of the work from Leipzig as a gift for me back in 1988. Since then I have conducted the work many times, a lot of those with Birmingham Bach Choir. There is a whole world of experience and emotion in this Mass. As I have said before, I feel that Bach is the only universal composer."

Completed in 1749, a year before JS Bach's death, Mass In B minor (BWV 232) revisits previously composed passages and was only performed publically, in full, a century later. Today, it's regarded as one of the greatest musical compositions of all time.

Since becoming Birmingham Bach Choir's Musical Director in 1992, Paul has steered the choir through a myriad of successes, extending their repertoire to cover both contemporary and centuries-old lesser-known works, alongside more popular and easily recognised choral pieces.

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 500 years, including 20th and 21st-century works.

During Paul's tenure, performing highlights include The Deciduous Cross, a work based on five poems by RS Thomas commissioned for Paul's 10th anniversary as conductor, the much acclaimed recording of Easter Oratorio and the world premiere of Unfinished Remembering, a major choral symphony commemorating the centenary of the first World War, performed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in 2014.

For the 25th anniversary concert, the Birmingham Bach Choir will be joined by the London Baroque Sinfonia, with Sarah Fox (soprano), James Laing (countertenor), Robert Murray (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass).

Sarah has worked with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Halle. A former judge on BBC TV's The Choir: Sing While You Work, she also appears regularly with John Wilson and his Orchestra.

A former member of King's College Choir, Cambridge, Ashley is presently a member of the 2017/ 2108 BBC New Generation Artist scheme.

James' operatic engagements include performances for the Royal Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera North.

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