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
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