Rehearsals for the school's forthcoming concert in Birmingham Town Hall on Sunday March 4th, our third consecutive year there, are going well; it promises to be a wonderful evening of glorious music, with something for everybody. Jacob Owen, a music scholar in the Vth form from Churchill's Hall, will be performing the first movement of Brahm's towering masterpiece for piano and orchestra, his Second Piano Concerto in B Flat Major. This is one of the greatest of all moments for piano and orchestra, and Jacob, one of our most talented Music Scholars (he is also a very fine cellist), looks set to give the peformance of a lifetime.
The Symphony Orchestra is also playing three movements of Dvorak's ever-popular 8th Symphony in G Major, which abounds in wonderful Slavonic rhythms and colours, and is one of the composer's most popular and enduring works. To add to our Czech theme for the evening, David Joyce's String Ensemble will also be playing some wonderful string music by Dvorak.
The brass players of the school will begin the programme with Surround Sound, which promises to be a spectacular start to the evening with players placed around the glorious surroundings of the recently refurbished, and acoustically wonderful Town Hall.
The school's fine Wind Orchestra starts our second half, which concludes with one of Dvorak's choral masterpieces, his glorious and thrilling Te Deum, and then one of the highlights from last year's Royal Wedding, Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens, a majestic and moving setting of words by John Milton for Choir and orchestra. With close on 200 choristers taking part including our wonderful Chapel Choir and Community Choirs, as well as choristers from Shrewsbury High Prep, these two choral moments should be a thrilling conclusion to a wonderful evening of music-making featuring well over 300 performers in all.
We hope very much you might be able to join us on March 4th, and of course do spread the word far and wide about the concert - and do please encourage friends, family and aquaintances to come too if they can!
Parents and guests are welcome to a pre-performance reception at 6.15pm in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (just by the Town Hall), but tickets for this do need to be booked in advance: Booking Form.