It was a great privilege to welcome conductor Paul Spicer to the Cathedral on Saturday 17 February to work with the Cathedral Choir ahead of their performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Paul is widely known for his work with a range of choral establishments including the Birmingham Bach Choir, the Finzi Singers, and for his teaching at the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
It was an inspiring afternoon spent getting under the skin of Bach’s wonderful music and exploring the range of styles and intricacies the work demands.
Our first Diocesan Youth Singing Day was designed as an exciting opportunity for children and young people aged 8 - 18 from across our Diocese to come together and sing for a day at the Cathedral. The event took place on Saturday 10 February 2018 and was led by Ellie Martin - her fun and enthusiastic approach to singing made the day most enjoyable for those who were able to attend.
The children spent most of the day learning gospel and spiritual songs such as ‘This Little Light Of Mine’, ‘Elijah Rock!’ and ‘Didn’t It Rain’ which Ellie taught aurally. They then gave an informal performance of these songs (from memory and some including actions) to family and friends before a mega Gospel medley which included fantastic audience participation.
Feedback from the children and parents was overwhelmingly positive with some parents highlighting the importance of such events considering the lack of regular choral singing in the more remote areas of the Diocese.