Vocal and Operatic
Perform a range of choral works with the Conservatoire Chorus
The Conservatoire Chorus performs a variety of large-scale choral works and gives opportunities to advanced students to participate as soloists. Recent repertoire has included Bach's B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae Solenne di Confessore, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Britten’s War Requiem and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.
The Chorus is open to all students and is compulsory for first year students.
Be part of a lively chamber choir which receives regular rave reviews
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir is principally conducted by Paul Spicer and is a group of some twenty-four auditioned student singers who form an expert and flexible group. They perform with sensitivity, energy and panache and are gathering an enviable reputation for their musicianship partly through their increasing recording presence which reflects their conductor’s specialist interest in 20th and 21st century British music.
Their first CD called To Music was an Anthology of English 20th century choral music and was released on the Regent label. It was CD Review recording of the month (MusicWeb International) and the review commented: “…this is one of the finest discs to have come my way in some time”. Their disc of music by Kenneth Leighton and James MacMillan had five star reviews and MacMillan (who attended the sessions) wrote: ‘I am delighted to be the focus of this new disc by this exceptional young choir from the Birmingham Conservatoire. I was present at some of the recording sessions and was astounded at how high the performance standards were.’
Their disc of music by Ireland and Delius part songs on the Somm label was also awarded 5 star reviews and their recording of the first ever disc to be devoted to Stanford’s part songs (also on Somm) was chosen as 13th out of 24 discs considered the best releases of 2013 on Classic FM and The Observer commented that the music was ‘dressed in the richly jewelled sound of the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir’ and that ‘many a choir could learn from these singers.’ Their newest release is of rare repertoire by Herbert Howells which MusicWeb International regarded as ‘the most impressive of all’ and was chosen as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone. Their disc of the complete choral music of Samuel Barber was released in July 2015 to more critical acclaim. The next most recent recording of music by the English Visionaries including Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor and A Vision of Aeroplanes will be released in 2016.
In June 2015 the choir was asked to perform concert in the Ludlow Festival of English Song which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Jeffrey Skidmore, Director of Ex Cathedra, takes the group for one project in each academic year and focuses on early music and especially his specialist interest in French baroque repertoire.
This group is an ideal training ground for singers who wish to pursue singing in professional ensembles like The Sixteen, The Monteverdi Choir and Polyphony. A number of our singers have been selected to sing with Gemini Sixteen.
Join Camerata to further your singing experience in a successful small ensemble
Open to students who want to gain further experience in small ensemble singing, Camerata is primarily directed by our postgraduate Choral Conducting students. The Choir rehearses varied repertoire and performs, on average, twice a year.
Blend traditional and contemporary music in our dynamic gospel choir
Directed by Peter Daley, this dynamic and eclectic choir performs traditional and newly composed gospel music and has been featured on BBC Radio 3.