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New Musical Director's First Concert
Birmingham Festival Choral Society is to hold its first concert with its new musical director.

nocturne, Birmingham Festival Choral Society concert
Nocturne is the latest concert by Birmingham Festival Choral Society

David Wynne recently joined the historic group and will conduct his first concert for Nocturne on Saturday April 1. The programme includes short choral pieces by Brahms, Elgar, Parry, Joubert, Tavener and Eric Whitacre, along with a selection of Chopin's much-loved piano nocturnes.

Featuring soloist Kevin Gill, the concert takes place at Ladywood ARC in St John's and St Peter's Church, in Darnley Road, Ladywood, with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham attending as a patron of the society.

Birmingham Festival Choral Society (BFCS) is one of the country's oldest mixed choirs, which was founded in 1843 to perform at the city's Triennial Festival. It even premiered works by such luminaries as Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elgar.

David, who follows a string of illustrious conductors of BFCS including Adrian Boult, lives in Moseley and learned his craft at Birmingham Conservatoire.

David Wynne, Birmingham Festival Choral Society, Nocturne
David Wynne is the new musical director for Birmingham Festival Choral Society

He achieved a Master's Degree in Vocal and Operatic Performance and took conducting lessons from the eminent choral conductor and composer Paul Spicer.

David is also a soloist who has appearing on stage in operas by Donizetti, Verdi and Janacek; in performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company and in Bach's St John Passion and Durufle's Requiem. While as a conductor, he has led several choral masterpieces by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar and Carl Orff.

Tom Dance, a member of Birmingham Festival Choral Society, said: "It is fascinating to learn that David's musical involvement extends far beyond the boundaries of what some people might regard as the "elitist" tradition of choral music.

"Passionately committed to encouraging young people to experience the art and enjoyment of singing in choirs, he leads the St Chad's Cathedral Choral Outreach Programme, which involves primary school children - many from inner city schools - taking part in various activities both In individual schools and collectively to perform together. Initiatives like this create the building blocks which enable choirs like the BFCS to flourish in the future."

David Wynne, Birmingham Festival Choral Society, Nocturne
The choir in rehearsals with David Wynne

The Society is always seeking new members and is making preparations for its summer concert, which features two mainstays of the 20th Century choral repertoire: Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Anyone interested in joining the rehearsals on Wednesday evenings in term time from 7.15pm until 9.30pm at Lordswood Girls' School, Knightlow Road, Harborne, should find further information on the Society's website.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased on the door or in advance via the Choral Society's website.

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Why? See a concert by Birmingham's historic choir
When: April 1
Where: Ladywood Arc in St John's and St Peter's Church, Ladywood
Cost: £14
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