Byrd to Bacharach - and Bach
EX CATHEDRA & ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE Scholars Ensemble
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
Discover the stars of the future as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of our Student Scholars scheme with a journey from the Renaissance to the greatest hits of recent decades, plus iconic works from two of the giants of 20th-century British music. Britten’s immortal tribute to the patron saint of music is heard alongside Howell’s Take him Earth for cherishing - dedicated to John F Kennedy, who was assassinated 60 years ago on St Cecilia’s Day.
Byrd Ave verum corpus
Purcell Jehovah, quam multi sunt hostes mei
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia
Howells Take him earth for cherishing
Bacharach Anyone who had a heart
Running time: approx. 2 hours, including interval.
How to book
£20 - adults
£5 - under 18s and students in full-time education
Book online, or call the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire box office on 0121 331 5909.
Please note this concert is not sold via the B:Music box office, so cannot be included in a concert package.
Jeffrey's introduction to our season
"Ex Cathedra is special. A highly regarded music critic once said that the choir was probably the best in the world. This is quite a claim and not only includes the technical virtuosity and unique chemistry of the singers but also the ethos of the ensemble, its ability and desire to communicate with audiences, its imaginative programming, its stylistic awareness and above all its humanity... Another leading commentator, festival director and respected musical thinker summed up our work by saying that Ex Cathedra was 'the most sophisticated, three dimensional and multi-layered of all the leading groups in the country'. This is high praise and something we strive to maintain."