Ex Urbe Chamber Choir

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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

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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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Vivaldi Gloria
Haydn Nelson Mass

Saturday, 6 October 2018

St Alphege Church, Solihull
concert starting at 7pm

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Land, Dorridge
concert starting at 4:30pm

Tickets £12 (under 16’s free)

Available from members of the choir, on the door or on-line by “clicking” the “Book Now” logo below


Benjamin Hamilton

Appointed as the choir’s conductor towards the end of 2013, Benjamin commenced his studies of voice and conducting as Organ Scholar at St Mary’s, Nantwich.

Benjamin’s aim is to bring high-quality musical experiences to all, both audience members and performers.

He trains with Paul McGrath (English Touring Opera) and Toby Purser (English National Opera) and is mentored by Mark Heron (Royal Northern College of Music).

Benjamin holds a PhD from the University of Warwick.

Other than working with Ex Urbe he directs a number of choirs including Hampton Singers. He also musically directs High Time, Coventry’s opera company, in association with the Belgrade Theatre where he is a Springboard Artist.

Ben was recently appointed Choral Director for Warwickshire Choristers.

About Us

Ex Urbe is a chamber choir which draws its members from across the West Midlands,

The choir began more than 25 years ago with a group of friends from the City of Birmingham Symphony Choir wanting to sing chamber music. 

We continue to have strong local links, drawing members from across the West Midlands, many of whom sing with other regional choirs. We rehearse and perform predominantly across the Midlands in such places as Solihull, Knowle, Hampton in Arden, Dorridge and further afield by invitation.

We share a love of small ensemble singing, working to create a sound that reflects both the hard work and the pleasure of doing this together.

Performances often include other talented musicians from the area. 

Our repertoire extends from early chamber music – Tallis, Byrd, Bach, Hildegard de Bingen – through the Baroque and Classical eras – into 20th and 21st Century works. 

Recent performances have included:    Handel   Dixit Dominus;   Haydn Missa Brevis;     Britten    Hymn to St Cecilia  /  Ceremony of Carols;    Brahms  German Requiem;  English Choral Music,  including Purcell, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Walton; European Sacred Music, including Palestrina, Tallis and Byrd.

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