Britten's Choral Dances from Gloriana provided the proof that this is the sort of music BFCS
members would rather spend their time on.
But diction, as always with BFCS
, was conscientiously delivered, and intonation in Tippett's tortuous lines was well-maintained.
Patrick Larley, in his first concertwith BFCS
since his appointment as music director, conducts (7.
Patrick Larley comes to BFCS with an impressive CV behind him, as composer, organist and keyboard player, singer and conductor of choral societies in Nantwich and Ludlow, and he is aware of the weight of tradition he is taking onto his shoulders.
Anthony is a fine musician and superb conductor, who finally took over the baton from Jeremy for the 2004-5 season, maintaining the spirit and values of BFCS that have been built over the past century and a half.
I actually sang with BFCS when I was in the sixth form at King Edward's College, Stourbridge,' he reminisces.
Bradbury combined his BFCS duties with his responsibilities as conductor of the Midland Youth Orchestra, (of which he had once been a clarinettist member), and on one famous occasion he conducted the first half of an MYO concert and the second half of a BFCS concert in the same evening, sprinting down Colmore Row between venues, in his tails, during the interval.
At the centre of all this was conductor Anthony Bradbury, in his final Birmingham concert with the BFCS
The BFCS must have paid something to the Oratory to perform there so why was there no heating.
If the BFCS need to go away from the Adrian Boult Hall because they need an organ for the performance may I suggest, in future, they try St Martin's in the Bull Ring.
Passages with the soloist (Jean Rigby, understanding and radiantly plangent as always) were rousingly uplifting, while the sensitively nuanced 'dreaming and singing' section demonstrated just how good the BFCS
has become under Jeremy Patterson's leadership.
And it is also the year in which Jeremy Patterson, BFCS
chief conductor, was born.