As a proud Coventrian, I was delighted to take on the role of Chair of the Coventry Philharmonic Society in 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 our Main Choir is 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.
We started 2019 with a performance of Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass as part of a concert in aid of Amnesty International at St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick and we are returning to St Mary’s on the 18th of May for a performance of the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass. In November we will be performing the immensely enjoyable Carmina Burana by Carl Orff in the School Concert Hall Of King Henry VIII In Coventry and only a month later we will be back at Henry’s for our Christmas Concert. We have some really exciting concerts planned for the next couple of years - so watch this space. We are also continuing our association with Stoneleigh Abbey and presenting a smaller scale Christmas concert in the Family Chapel at the Abbey.
We also have a smaller group of singers called, appropriately, the Coventry Singers, and they perform a number of concerts throughout the year. Keep an eye on the Events page for dates.
Our social committee ensures that we have plenty of amusement. We played all varieties of skittles in January. We will stock our gardens at our annual Plant Sale in May. We hope to have a tour of Stoneleigh Abbey followed by afternoon tea in June, and we will have a lovely Summer Sunday lunch in July to celebrate the conclusion of our 75th anniversary season. And in November we will cudgel our brains on our annual Quiz Night. Even when we have our break in Summer, our members organise walks, sometimes ending up at a hostelry! Finally our Knit Stitch and Everything else group not only has a lot of fun but produces beautiful handicrafts for sale, raising an amazing amount for our funds.
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 (Main Choir) and Monday evenings at 8:15 pm (Singers) at Quinton Park Baptist Church Hall in Cheylesmore.