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New Military Choir is born in Birmingham!

As part of a project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War next year, Birmingham Bach Choir is working with the Royal British Legion to develop a new military choir in Birmingham.

There is no garrison in the city, but many service personnel, from all branches, are based here, together with reservists, cadets, medical staff and veterans. The choir is open to all connected with the Military and their (adult) families.

We have funding from the Mayor's Fund and the Army Community Covenant Fund to develop the choir with a series of workshops, exploring different types of music and meeting other choirs. Volunteers from Birmingham Bach Choir are singing along with the new choir until it grows to independence and there will be opportunities to perform, especially at première in the Symphony Hall next September of Paul Spicer's new choral symphony, 'Unfinished Remembering', composed to mark the centenary. Paul has also written a new national song 'A Shared Singing' especially for the new choir.

The first workshop took place on Saturday 19th October and was led by Laura Joy Godwin. We sang spirituals, rounds and a medley from 'Les Miserables' and got as far as 3 part singing! It was great fun and we made a really good sound. The military choir already has some very good singers but we need more (beginners as well as experienced) to develop into a fine new choir for Birmingham, linking service personnel with civilians and adding to the vibrant musical life of the city.

The next workshop will be on 16th November 2.30-5pm at King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2UB.

For further information contact Kate Crocker at
kate_crocker[at]hotmail.com