Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tenors needed!

Calling all tenors!

We need you for our Bach St John Passion Concert. If you are interested in joining us for our Palm Sunday (25 March) performance of this monumental work, you will be made very welcome at our Monday evening rehearsals at Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road.

Rehearsals are from 7.30 to 9.30.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, 5 January 2018

New Year, new concert!

After our successful 'Home for Christmas' concert, we are back together this coming Monday to start work in earnest on our next performance. This will be the monumental classic 'St John Passion' by Bach. This tells the story of the trial, suffering and death of Jesus through the words of St John's Gospel. With rich musical colouring, from the contrasting tones of the principal soloists, to the intricate sound patterns of the fugues, this is one of Bach's great masterpieces.

In the famous chorales, the choir sings from the perspective of the ordinary person witnessing the momentous events of Good Friday, while the soloists enact the words of the major characters, including Jesus, and St John as narrator. The whole work carries enormous emotional weight, and is a compelling musical experience for performers and audience alike. Whatever religion you follow, or none, this performance will move and inspire you.

We are delighted that the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra will join us for the concert, and in a break with tradition, we will be performing on a Sunday - Palm Sunday to be precise, which is fitting as this day marks the beginning of Jesus' ordeal that ended on the cross.

Sunday 25 March 2018, at 7,30 pm at the Church of St John in the Square, Wolverhampton.
Tickets available from eventbrite shortly, from members of the choir, or on the door.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Kicking off Christmas in song

Our 'Home for Christmas' concert was a great success yesterday evening, with a super audience and the choir in good voice. We sang a selection of favourite carols and songs, and raised the roof with 'Good King Wenceslas'. Thanks to everyone who came and shared the evening with us. We'd like to say a special thank you to our accompanist Bogdan Suciu, who is leaving us to take up other challenges in the New Year.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Home for Christmas - our seasonal concert

We'll be kicking off the festive season with a concert of favourite Christmas carols and songs, on Monday 18th December. We'll be singing in the warm and welcoming Cranmer Methodist Church on Newhampton Road West, WV6 0RS, and offering refreshments afterwards.

Why not get your Christmas off to a musical start with this varied and light performance - complete with audience participation! Something for all the family.

Book on eventbrite or pay at the door - just £2.50 for adults and children free.

Join us at Home for Christmas!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

You CAN sing! Come and sing with us.......

Do you ever think "I would love to sing in a choir, but my voice isn't good enough"?
Put that thought out of your head straight away.  You don't need a 'good' voice to sing in a choir. Every choir has its own sound that's made up of all the 60 or so voices singing together, so it's not necessary to be a good soloist, but to be a good listener.  And to be willing to use the voice you have!

City of Wolverhampton Choir is recruiting and we would love to welcome you to sing with us. We are a friendly lot.  It doesn't matter if you are not sure whether you are a bass, a tenor, an alto or a soprano. For the first few weeks of this term, with our musical director Koh Tian Yi, we're going to be doing lots of different activities to help find which voice we are most comfortable with. There may be one or two surprises along the way, even for people who have been singing for a while.

Also, it doesn't matter if you don't read music 'by sight'.  We are planning activities to help you learn how to find your way along a line of music. We can also point you to lots of web content that will help speed up your learning.

Why not come and give it a go? We meet on Monday evenings at the Cranmer Methodist Church in Newhampton Road West, WV6 0RS, from 7.30 to 9.30. There is plenty of parking and it's accessible for people with disabilities.  And don't worry, we meet in the church because it is a good place to rehearse. This is not a church choir, but a choir for the city.  We welcome everyone, whatever their religion or background.

We have two concerts planned for the months ahead. The first will be a winter concert in December with short seasonal songs.  The second will be a performance of the St John's Passion by Bach, in the spring. We will have several months to prepare for this so that we know it really well and can throw all our energies into giving a great performance.

Come and join us!  If you feel a bit shy or have any questions please drop us an email, or phone Kate on 07988191344.

Monday, 19 June 2017

A Song for Summer - concert and social, Saturday 1 July

Our upcoming Summer Concert is going to be a delightful mix of old favourites and new surprises. We are going to make this a really informal event and are not even selling tickets. Just come along, bring the family, take your seats, sit back and enjoy.  Then make a donation!  The programme will be fairly short and light, and we'll be following up with a buffet social.

Musical Director - Koh Tian Yi
Accompanist - Bogdan Suciu.

Venue - Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, WV6 0RS. This is a lovely modern and comfortable church with generous parking.

Time and Date - 7.30, Saturday 1 July 2017.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Saturday 1 April 2017 at 7.30 - our Spring Concert!

Everyone agrees that Mozart's dramatic Requiem puts great demands on musicians, particularly an accompanist. So we are delighted that for our forthcoming double bill of the Mozart and Faure Requiems, we have Anthony Pinel, organist with St Chad's, Shrewsbury, with us. We also have a line-up of young professional soloists. 
In line with our policy of making our music as accessible and family-friendly as we can, we are continuing to offer free admission to children and young people under 18.  Do come along and enjoy this evening of musical colours and contrasts, full of light and shade.  Click here to get your tickets in advance.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Christmas isn't Christmas without The Messiah!

Handel's perennial favourite is our Christmas offering this year.

On Saturday 17th December, in the wonderful setting of St Johns-in-the-Square, we will be joining with the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra and the members of Wolverhampton Chamber Choir, to bring you an evening of glorious music.

This will be the City of Wolverhampton Choir's first concert with new musical director, Jason Stanbridge-Howard. Jason, who is a gifted counter-tenor singer himself, stepped in at short notice when our current director was offered a position in New York, and has enthused the choir with his energetic and fresh approach.  

Tickets £10 from choir members and at the door. Light refreshments are available during the interval.

What better way to start the festive season!

Jason Stanbridge-Howard

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

New Conductor on the block!

As of the Festival of Folk concert on the 2nd of July Daniel Galbreath stepped down from his post as Musical Director for the choir. Daniel had arrived in an interim role to support the choir when Will Waine moved location and could no longer continue in post. Daniel was appointed to the post of Music Director at the end of the 2013-14 year and has put on a variety of performances with old favourites from Vaughan Williams and Haydn and entirely new works for the choir such as Thompson's Frostiana. Daniel introduced new approaches to warm ups that have seen the choir stretch themselves (literally) in making sure that they were fit to sing and then to help with breathing control they have spent a lot of time humming through drinking straws. I did ask Daniel if this was a sadistic MD joke but he assured me it really helps with the singing. Daniel has put a lot into the choir and the members have definitely benefitted from his teaching methods. We all wish him every success for the future and hope to maintain a link with him through our new Conductor who has studied under Daniel at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Our new appointment is Will Parkinson who has set his sights on a career in music having decided that he didn't really want to be a lawyer after all (a similar choice to that of Will Waine who also chose music over law). Will has extensive experience including time at Worcester Cathedral amongst other posts. He is an accomplished organist and singer (as we all saw on the 2nd of July where he joined as a performer as well as a guest conductor for the performance. Will is very much in keeping with our recent appointments in that he is young, talented and ambitious for the choir which is something that we are pleased to hear. Will has different tastes to Daniel so we expect some fresh thinking as Will lays out his programme for the 2016-17 year. 

We will be kicking off with a term focussed on Handel's Messiah which we will be performing on 17th Dec 2016 at St John's in the Square where we will be joined by the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra and hopefully by some other choirs to make sure that it is an evening to remember and a great start to Will's tenure.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Celebrate summer with a festival of folk songs this Saturday

Saturday 2nd July at 7.30pm at Cranmer Methodist Church (Newhampton Road West). Tickets £8 adults, children free. Includes buffet. Tickets available on the door.