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Commissions and first performances


Unfinished Remembering – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Birmingham Bach Choir with financial assistance from The John Feeney Charitable Trust, first performed on 13 September 2014.

My Heart Danceth – Eleanor Alberga.
Commissioned by the Birmingham Bach Choir with financial assistance from West Midlands Arts, first performed on 15 December 2007.

Carol and Festival – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by the Birmingham Bach Choir, first performed 10 December 2005.

Nativity – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Mollie Martineau, Michael Palmer and Nigel Whitling in memory of Denis Martineau (Past President), first performed 27th November 2004.

Christmas – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Pauline Round, first performed 20 December 2003.

The Deciduous Cross – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Nicholas Fisher to mark the tenth year of Paul Spicer’s conductorship, first performed 21 June 2003.

Love and Life – Adrian Partington.
Commissioned by Nigel Whitling, first performed 20 March 1999.

Man, Wretched Man - Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Nicholas Fisher in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680), first performed on 22 March 1997.

How God Answers the Soul - Aaron Jay Kernis.
Commissioned by Nicholas Fisher, first performed 20 July 1996.

The Rochester Triptych - John Joubert.
Commissioned by Nicholas Fisher and first performed complete on 9 April 1994 in Prague.

Blest Glorious Man - John Joubert.
Commissioned by Nicholas Fisher, first performed 8 June 1991.

The Darling of the World - Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by the Birmingham Bach Society with funds from West Midlands Arts, first performed 13 December 1986.

Passion Canticles - Rory Boyle.
Commissioned by the Birmingham Bach Society with funds from West Midlands Arts, first performed 27 March 1982.

Wofully Araide - David Lord.
Commissioned by the Birmingham Bach Society, first performed 16 May 1970.


Paul Spicer
Paul Spicer
Photo © Frank Gresham

Performing Easter Oratorio at Durham Cathedral April 2005
Performing Easter Oratorio at Durham Cathedral April 2005
Photo © Michael Palmer