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.
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!
“Celebrating the 200th anniversary of her birth with music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Robert & Clara Schumann”
including the premiere of a new work for choir and harp by Chloe Knibbs featuring harpist Angelina Warburton
supported by Making Music’s “Adopt a Composer” Scheme and to be recorded for BBC3
The top 25 Christmas Carols voted for by the nation’s choral directors.
We have decided to add Handel Zadok the Priest to the programme being performed on October 6th and 7th. It will add more sparkle to an already glorious feast of uplifting music.
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
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