Ex Urbe Chamber Choir based in the West Midlands

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Christmas Concert 2019

Turkey and cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, mistletoe, chocolate yule logs – of all the elements and traditions that make up the spirit of Christmas, the singing of carols is maybe the most essential. The appeal seems universal and interminable, uniting children and adults in song. Even those too shy or embarrassed to sing will usually join in a carol at Christmas!

Our Christmas Concert this year will be on Saturday, 7 December and will be at Hampton in Arden Parish Church, concert starting at 6:30pm. We shall be singing a number of favourite carols and other Christmas-themed music most of which feature on Classic FM’s list of most-popular Christmas, choral music.

The choir will be joined by the fantastic Stephen Perrins on the organ.

We look forward to welcoming you and getting you in a festive mood!

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Ex Urbe is a West Midlands based chamber choir of 24 members, with 20 years of commitment to high quality performance, delighting and inspiring our audiences with diverse music. We aim to include a work by a living composer in each of our concerts. Our repertoire includes everything from Vivaldi’s Gloria, to lesser known a capella works such as Debussy’s Trois Chanson de Charles D’Orleans and Howells’ Requiem.

The singing, the presentation, the venues…all first class

Into the mix, musical director Ben Hamilton brings his own infectious energy, underpinned by a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

We are building a loyal and appreciative audience.

Thank you for such varied, interesting music sung so beautifully

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Benjamin Hamilton

Benjamin’s aim is to bring high-quality musical experiences to all, both audience members and performers alike. He trains with Paul McGrath (English Touring Opera) and Toby Purser (English National Opera) and is mentored by Mark Heron of the Royal Northern College of Music.
Benjamin is a strategic arts leader, having initiated and led a wide range of artistic projects as conductor, translator and facilitator. Recent work includes translating and conducting Carmen for the Warwick Arts Centre and an award- nominated translation of Don Giovanni for Hampstead Garden Opera. Benjamin is a Springboard Artist at the Belgrade Theatre where his opera company, HighTime, is in residence. He is Head of Boys Singing at King Henry VIII School and is also the Musical Director of Hampton Singers. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick.

In September 2016 he was appointed Choral Director for Warwickshire Choristers, an organisation whose aim is to imbue a love of singing in all boys for life. This is achieved through the support and development of open access countywide choirs for boys from primary age through to young adult.

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