Birmingham has a growing reputation for its excellence in the arts and in particular its music scene and I want BFCS
to be a prominent member of this scene as well as further afield.
Britten's Choral Dances from Gloriana provided the proof that this is the sort of music BFCS
members would rather spend their time on.
Which was, of course, the Tippett, selected by BFCS before Larley was appointed as new conductor of this, one of the oldest and most august choirs in the country.
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.
At the centre of all this was conductor Anthony Bradbury, in his final Birmingham concert with the BFCS
must have paid something to the Oratory to perform there so why was there no heating.
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.