Birmingham Bach Choir have announced their 95th season with a run of Christmas concerts and a very special commemoration as part of the UK-wide First World War Centenary.
The 2013/14 season kicks off on Saturday 23 November with Symphonies Of Song at BCU's Adrian Boult Hall. Accompanied by pianists Lindy Tennent-Brown and Andy Massey, the night features works by Dyson, Stravinsky, Elgar and Britten.
As we head into Christmas, the Choir will be making three appearances beginning with Carols By Candlelight on Saturday 14 December at St Francis' Church, Bournville, and featuring a seasonal music and readings in support of St Mary's Hospice, Selly Oak.
There'll be more carols on Thursday 19 December as the members of the choir take up residence in the Antrium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston. A free performance in aid of the hospital's military charity, donations gratefully received.
The final Christmas concert is Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 22 December at St Paul's Church, in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter.
The New Year's programme begins with Come And Sing on Saturday 1 February 2014, which presents an opportunity for all to see the choir rehearse Handel's Messiah at Selly Oak Methodist Church.
This is followed by two performances of Song of the Lamb – Sacred German Voices, firstly on Saturday 29 March 2014 at Birmingham Oratory, Edgbaston, and then on Saturday 12 April 2014 at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire. The German programme will feature works by JS Bach, Leighton, Scarlatti, MacMillan and Whitacre.
The 2013/14 season concludes on Saturday 13 September 2013 at Birmingham's Symphony Hall with the World Premiere of Unfinished Remembering, an ambitious brand new commission by composer Paul Spicer and poet Euan Tait which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.
A key event in the UK's First World War Centenary programme, the concert has already recieved attention from pubications such as The Daily Mail, The Times and The Telegraph!