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.
The last twelve months have been very busy for the choir. We have rehearsed and performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah, as well as our annual concert of Christmas carols. A small number of choir members presented a concert at Stoneleigh Abbey and sang carols at a local Care home. On the social front we have walked for miles on our Summer walks, sometimes ending up at a hostelry. We have played all varieties of skittles, and we have cudgelled our brains on our Quiz Night. We have eaten a lovely Summer Sunday lunch. We have stocked our gardens at our annual Plant Sale, and our Knit Stitch and Everything else group has supplied amazing handicrafts for sale, raising an amazing amount for our funds.
We held our final rehearsal in 2018 on 20th December and now have a chance to rest our voices until we return to rehearsing on 3rd January, a very short but well-deserved break indeed.
We also have a smaller group of singers called, appropriately, the Coventry Singers, and they have performed a number of concerts in 2018 ending with 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.