As a proud Coventrian, I was delighted to take on the role of Chair of the Coventry Philharmonic Society in this, our 75th Anniversary year. Throughout the period since 12 April 1943, the Phil has been promoting and performing high quality choral music in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Indeed, even though we are a non audition choir, we attract international standard soloists to perform with us. We are fortunate in having a substantial membership and frequently have over one hundred singers perform at our concerts.
Our next concert will be “Christmas with the Phil” on Saturday 15th December when the Choir will perform Christmas Carols and other seasonal music accompanied by the Midland Brass Ensemble. The New Year 2019 brings a performance of Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass on Saturday 19th January, as part of the Oriflamme Ensemble Amnesty International Concert. Finally to round off our celebratory year, we are performing Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass on Saturday 18th May.
We also have a smaller group of singers called, appropriately, the Coventry Singers, and they have a Christmas concert on Monday 3rd December.
Although we are immensely proud of our heritage, we are also looking to the future. With Coventry’s City of Culture year (2021) fast approaching, we would like to take every opportunity to reach out to the community and introduce everyone to some of the greatest music on the planet, whether as audience or performers.
Singing, particularly as part of a group is immensely enjoyable. We all love the challenge of learning new works and revisiting old favourites. And it’s not all about the singing – we are quite a sociable bunch too. If you feel tempted to join us, we would welcome you with open arms. You can come and try us out on Thursday evenings at 7:15 pm (Choir) and Monday evenings at 8:15 pm (Singers) at Quinton Park Baptist Church Hall in Cheylesmore.