Our First 50 Years - online concert
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
Experience spine-tingling tunes, hidden gems, contributions from our younger singers, and some fun in this 30-minute audiovisual extravaganza. Jeffrey has chosen a programme that celebrates the inspiring choral music we have researched, commissioned or just love singing, and hints at some of the exciting plans we have in mind for the next 50 years.
The majority of the music - by Bach, Donati, Mozart, Roth and Weir - has been newly recorded especially for this film, and we dip into our archive for two pieces.
The concert concludes with a sensational re-imagining of William Blake's text by Liz Dilnot Johnson, which you'll hear between the two verses of Parry's Jerusalem. It was written for this concert - you won't want to miss it!
You can download the programme booklet here, and you can follow the texts and translations on screen if you switch on the captions option as you watch.
This free* concert is presented as part of West Midlands Weekenders, on a day that culminates with the CBSO celebrating exactly 100 years since its first concert.
*Making this film costs around the same as giving a live concert and this period is financially very challenging for Ex Cathedra, so we'd be extremely grateful if you can make a donation in lieu of a ticket. Thank you.
With thanks to all our funders and donors without who projects like this would not be possible, including: Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and The Reynolds Foundation.
- EX CATHEDRA
- Jeffrey Skidmore, artistic director & conductor
- Alexander Mason, organ
- Hilary Campbell, associate conductor (Weir)
- Ex Cathedra Scholars Consort (Donati)
- Jamie Savan, cornett (Donati)
- Sue Addison, sackbut (Donati)
- James Johnstone, chamber organ (Bach)
- Andrew Skidmore, cello (Bach)
- Kate Brooke, double bass (Bach)
- Debipriya Sircar, Indian classical singer (Jerusalem)
- Holly Harwood, sign language
- Simon Peter King, audiovisuals
- Thomas Lowen, audiovisuals (Donati)
- Method in Motion, videography (MacMillan, Teče)
- Tom Blockley, drone footage (Jerusalem)