Ex Urbe Chamber Choir based in the West Midlands


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Duruflé Requiem

2020 marks the choir’s 25th anniversary; an amazing 25 years of wonderful music making by a small group of dedicated, hard-working, amateur singers.

The choir was originally formed when a group of friends from the CBSO Chorus got together to give a charity performance of the Fauré Requiem with Simon Halsey, the CBSO Chorus Director. The small group enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to continue!

The name, Ex Urbe, is simply translated as “from the city” and logically relates to the fact that the choir is “from the city of Birmingham”. Choir records are silent on who came up with the name!

So what does the choir have in store for 2020? The overall “theme” for our concerts throughout the year will be “inspired by Bach”. Each concert will include music written by J S Bach alongside music written by composers who have been inspired by Bach. The first concert (June 2020) will feature three Bach motets alongside music by Durufle including his Requiem. In September the concert will include Bach’s Magnificat and the Köthener Messe by Jonathan Dove. Finally, our Christmas concert next year will include Cantatas 1 to 3 from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. An exciting year of music with which to celebrate the choir’s 25th anniversary We hope you can join us.

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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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