Friday 22 November 2013 at 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
Simon Halsey conductor
Nicholas Daniel oboe
David Goode organ
CBSO Youth Chorus
CBSO Children’s Chorus
Birmingham University Singers
Birmingham University Women’s Choir
Jubilate in C 3’
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid 12’
3 Two-Part Songs 7’
Friday Afternoons 20’
Hymn to St Cecilia 10’
Missa Brevis 10’
Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria 5’
Rejoice in the Lamb 16′
“Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians, appear and inspire.” Britten’s originality never blazed more brightly than when it was most firmly rooted in the English choral tradition. As the Orchestra tours to Japan, 100 years to the day since Britten’s birth, Simon Halsey directs the CBSO’s world-famous choruses in some of Britten’s most striking choral inspirations – all interspersed with his magical Six Metamorphoses for solo oboe. A universe in a grain of sand: music to leave audiences stirred, beguiled and thoroughly entertained.
Due to the popularity of the Birmingham Christmas Market please allow ample time for your journey to Symphony Hall.
A taste of the CBSO’s celebrations of Britten in his centenary year
“Chorus of approval for CBSO stalwart
Simon Halsey is celebrating 30 years as CBSO chorus director and an induction into the Hall of Fame.”
Birmingham Post Article by Roz Laws here.
Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:
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… “Now, in this all-Britten programme, the many choirs Simon has inaugurated under the auspices of the CBSO Chorus (the Youth Chorus, the Children’s Chorus – as well as the Birmingham University Singers and University Women’s Choir) delivered a brilliantly-arranged sequence of the composer’s choral music.
Projection, diction and disciplined responsiveness are perennial watchwords illuminating the performances of all these ensembles, and Halsey calls on these factors with such relaxed, expressive direction. And throughout, all the excellent soloists were drawn from the ranks of the various choirs. What a heartwarming triumph for all concerned.”