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Sing Your Heart Out With Choral Society
Birmingham Festival Choral Society is holding a free taster session for singing enthusiasts as a way of encouraging new members.
Birmingham Festival Choral Society is a historic choir in Birmingham
The open rehearsal at Lordswood Girls' School in Harborne takes place on Wednesday 7th September from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Focusing on the world's best choral music, the choir is currently working on a French programme that includes requiems by Faure and Durufle.
Christine Wright from Birmingham Festival Choral Society said: "New singers will be made very welcome, and will be introduced to 'buddies' in their voice parts to guide them through the evening. Those who are interested in joining the choir can try us for several more weeks, after which a friendly voice test will be arranged to decide what voice part suits them best."
The choir has singers aged between 15 and 85 from a range of musical backgrounds and was formed in 1843 to provide a chorus for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals.
These Festivals were established to raise funds for a new General Hospital for the rapidly expanding industrial city of Birmingham. They were so successful that the Town Hall was built to accommodate them. The choir sang many premieres written for this Festival – the most notable being Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by the composer himself.
The Choral Society is seeking new members
Singers in the Society tour abroad every three years and have just returned from the 2016 summer tour to the Yonne area of Burgundy, where they performed in Sens, Auxerre, St Julien du Sault and Vezelay. You can read more about the tour at the BFCS website.
Since 2000, tours have stretched from Ireland to Slovakia, Estonia, Slovenia, Belgium, Holland and Leipzig.
Birmingham Festival Choral Society Open Rehearsal Lordswood Girls' School, Knightlow Rd, Harborne, Birmingham B17 8QB September 7 - 7pm to 9.30pm (15-minute refreshment break at 8.15pm)
For more details, visit the society's website.