Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes

Birmingham Bach Choir at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham

Home > Birmingham > Churches | Classical Music | Concerts | Cultural Events | Music
by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Birmingham. I like Classic Rock, 70s pop music, football and interviewing celebrities. Follow me on Twitter: @andycoleman9
Event:
French composers in the spotlight
One of the UK's leading large chamber choirs will celebrate the work of leading French composers at a summer concert at Birmingham's St Philip's Cathedral on June 24, 2017.

The performance by Birmingham Bach Choir will centre around Gabriel Fauré's much loved Requiem which will be accompanied by a selection of complementary pieces by French composers spanning 500 years.

Birmingham Bach Choir, St Philip's Cathedral Birmingham, Classical Music, Dominique Phinot, Jean Mouton, Poulenc, Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Paul Spicer


First performed in the late 19th century, and believed to have been written for his late father, Requiem features some of Fauré's most beautiful melodies. Very different from many earlier traditional Catholic masses for the dead, here the drama and fright of the Last Judgement has been replaced by peace and calm - as heard in the famous Pie Jesu and final In Paradisium movements in particular.

Other works set to be performed include Dominique Phinot's Pater peccavi in caelum and Gloria. Though clearly skilled, innovative and prolific - in the region of 150 pieces are attributed to him - little is known about Phinot's life, though it's believed he was executed for his sexuality in the mid-1500s, tragically cutting short an impressive career.

Birmingham Bach Choir, St Philip's Cathedral Birmingham, Classical Music, Dominique Phinot, Jean Mouton, Poulenc, Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Paul Spicer


Jean Mouton is another Renaissance composer renowned in his time but now relatively unknown. A sometime priest and later employed at the French court he was most famous for his motets (short piece of sacred choral music) and is thought to have been in charge of France's elaborate musical festivities at the historic summit between King François I and Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. The programme includes his Alleluia, confitemini Domino, sacred music for four voices, sung a cappella.

Better known to English audiences is the music of Francis Poulenc and Maurice Duruflé, although not perhaps the selected pieces, both tributes to fallen friends: Salve Regina by Poulenc, and Duruflé's organ piece Prelude and Fugue on Alain. Together with three motets by Pierre Villette they form a collection of works by 20th-century French masters.

Birmingham Bach Choir, St Philip's Cathedral Birmingham, Classical Music, Dominique Phinot, Jean Mouton, Poulenc, Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Paul Spicer

"The French are a nation of romantics at heart," says Paul Spicer, the choir's Music Director and Conductor (pictured above). "Their language is a sensual one and their music is often a reflection of this.

"Our Summer programme is a celebration of all things French, from the mid-1500s to modern times, from the much-loved to lesser known, with Dominique Phinot being the great discovery. His passionate outpourings and soul-searching affect all who hear and perform his works."

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 a range of music, including 20th and 21st-century works.

Birmingham Bach Choir, St Philip's Cathedral Birmingham, Classical Music, Dominique Phinot, Jean Mouton, Poulenc, Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Paul Spicer
Venue: St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham city centre
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  47
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? French composers celebrated by one of the UK’s leading large chamber choirs
When: June 24, 2017
Phone: 07901 798442
Where: St Philip's Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham
Cost: £8 - £15
Your Comment
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions