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    Elgar’s Dream

    10th January 2016, by Chair

    We are excited to be presenting Elgar’s great choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius in June 2016. Joined by Chandos Choir of Solihull, there will be around 120 singers, plus a full professional orchestra and three internationally renowned soloists. There will be two performances, on 11 June at Solihull School, and 18th June in the Elgar Hall, University of Birmingham. Please contact us if you would like to take part in this beautiful work, for which opportunities do not arrive very often!


    Appearing at Symphony Hall!

    3rd September 2015, by Chair

    Choral Union is proud to be asked by Raymond Gubbay to take part in two of their prestigious concerts in Symphony Hall – Christmas Classics on December 24, and Organ Classics on March 13. If you would like to be a part of these exciting events, please ring us on 0121 454 0795, or email us. You can see a Youtube video of our appearance at the 2013 NIA Classical Spectacular here.


    Review of Concert:

    28th June 2014, by Chair

    From the Birmingham Post review of our concert at St. George’s Church, Edgbaston:
    “The BCU chorus… chose some challenging items including Elgar’s Te Deum and Benedictus and Herbert Howells’ Te Deum.
    The sopranos … in their middle range, like the Benedictus’s hushed “That we should be saved from our enemies”, were effective.
    The choir was more at ease in the lighter works, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer and Howell’s Jubilate, but best of all in Wesley’s rousing Ascribe unto the Lord .
    See the full text of the review here.


    Review of Concert –

    29th March 2014, by Chair

    Mozart Requiem – “a sterling performance……projected the text with vitality and conviction.”

    Mendelssohn, Psalm 42 – “The choir excelled in this rarely-heard piece – their final jubilant Ewigkeit! (Everlasting!) ringing out convincingly.”

    Birmingham Post.

    See the full text on our reviews page.


    Welcome to our new Web Site!

    18th March 2014, by Chair

    Thanks to Lynne Davies and her team of helpers, we have recently updated our Web site to make it more up-to-date and easier to use. We are continuing to develop the site – we hope you find it helpful, and would welcome your comments on the Contact Us page.

    You can also now follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


    Classical Spectacular at the NIA

    10th March 2014, by Chair

    On December 7, 2013, Birmingham Choral Union took part in Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular, along with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and soloists Catrin Aur and Marc Heller. Also taking part were the Muskets and Cannons of the Moscow Militia, in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks, which made a truly spectacular finale. BCU sang excerpts from Carmina Burana, Messiah, Aida, La Traviata, and The Armed Man.
    You can see a YouTube video of part of the concert here.


    Quiz Night 2014

    7th March 2014, by Chair

    Quiz Night 2014

    The Quiz Night held on Friday 7th March was a great success, giving members and their guests the chance to socialise and have fun, while at the same time raising money for a very worthwhile charity.

    Anita, daughter of member Lynne Davies, is taking part in a round the world yacht race, and sponsoring The National Institute of Conductive Education, which is dedicated to helping children with severe learning disabilities.

    As well as providing much enjoyment and education to the members, the evening raised the magnificent sum of £400 for the charity.

    You can see more details of both the Quiz Night and the charity on AnitaSailsAgain.com.


    Farewell to a distinguished member

    19th February 2014, by Chair

    Nicholas BrooksIt is all too frequently the case that we never discover the true achievements of those close to us until we read their obituaries. This was certainly the case with Professor Nicholas Brooks (1941-2014). A genial companion, most conscientious in attendance at practice and performing at our concerts, he spoke little of the world of mediaeval scholarship where he was held in such high regard. His obituary reveals him as a distinguished Historian, archaeologist and authority on the Anglo-Saxons. His personal life was full of all sorts of different achievements and all who came into regular contact with him discovered a brilliant man and a warm friend.

     


    Val Munro – President

    14th October 2013, by Chair

    Val1-webVal Munro joined the Birmingham Choral Union in September 1966, and in the late ‘70’s, she became Vice-chairman. On relinquishing that role she has since spent many ‘happy hours’ raising funds for the choir, organizing jumble sales, bring-and-buys featuring her home-made jam, plus waste paper and aluminium can collections (which earned her the nickname of ‘Vagrant Val’ around Kings Heath Park!!)
    More recently she, aided by her husband, Jim, has been instrumental in organizing regular Quiz Nights for both BCU and nominated charities.
    In recognition of her hard work and enthusiasm the Choir were delighted to appoint her Honorary Vice-president in January 2009 and Honorary Life-president in October 2013.


    Berlin Love Tour.

    8th April 2012, by admin

    Group Photo of Berlin Love Tour. Birmingham Choral Union took part in April 2012 in the Berlin Love Tour, an innovative production by Birmingham Rep in association with the Dublin company Playgroup, which was performed using several locations around Birmingham. The finale consisted of a version of “Tender”, by Blur, arranged by our conductor Colin Baines, and sung on the roof of Brindley Place Car Park!
    Further details can be found here.


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