Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music choirs
with students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
Suzzie Vango Girls Academy conductor
Rebecca Ledgard Junior Academy conductor
Sally Spencer Children’s Academy conductor
Rob Challinor Principal accompanist
We warmly invite you to join our Academy of Vocal Music for a FREE* summer’s evening of music in the art deco splendour of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
Our singers will greet you in the foyer with welcoming songs before processing into the concert hall to begin and end with Mozart’s first and last completed choral compositions. Mozart composed the first piece at the age of nine and the last piece of the evening, the popular Ave verum, was written barely six months before his tragic death. You will also hear famous settings of Beatus vir by Mozart and Monteverdi, sung by the older members of the Academy and accompanied by talented Early Music instrumentalists from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; and the younger members of the Academy will be singing a variety of repertoire they have learnt over this last term.
“The children and young people were so talented, enthusiastic, fun and confident, and the leaders matched that and more. The Academy is great!” (Audience member July 2017)
Singers aged 4 to 18 years from the Children’s Academy, Junior Academy, Girls and Boys Academy will be led by Jeffrey Skidmore OBE and the Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music team: Rob Challinor (principal accompanist), Rebecca Ledgard (Director of Education and Junior Academy conductor), Sally Spencer (Children’s Academy leader) and Suzzie Vango (Girls Academy conductor).
* The concert is free to attend but please reserve your tickets via the link above to we can cater for the right numbers. There will be a retiring collection, with funds raised being used to support the Academy of Vocal Music’s future events. There will be no interval. Refreshments will be served after the concert.