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Welcome to the website of Philomusica, the place for music, variety and fun!

 

We have a vision for Philomusica: we're continuing to build the choir that:

  • everyone wants to join
  • everyone wants to hear

Our Autumn Programme: Bach and Howard Goodall

We are about to start rehearsals for our autumn programme and we have an exciting time ahead.

 

This autumn the works we’ll be singing are Bach’s great setting of the Magnificat and a piece by Howard Goodall, written only a few years ago: Eternal Light. A Requiem.

 

Linda, our conductor, says “It may seem strange to pair a piece by Bach written in the 18th century, with a twenty-first century work but, actually, they go together very well. Bach’s work has been at the heart of the choral repertoire for a very long time, and rightly so. Howard Goodall’s piece is not new to us. We sang it in 2009 and 2010 and it made a great impression both on the choir and on our audiences, which is why we’ve decided to revive it.”

 

We’ll be giving this programme twice with organ accompaniment and at both of these concerts one of our singers, Mel Weston, will be showing her talent as a flute player in Gluck’s lovely Dance of the Blessed Spirits. These concerts will be given at:

 

St. Stephen’s Church, Barbourne, Worcester, WR3 8PZ on Saturday 17 October

Holy Trinity Church, Longlevens, Gloucester, GL2 0AJ on Saturday 31 October

 

Then we will sing the Bach and Goodall pieces with orchestral accompaniment in Pershore Abbey, Pershore, WR10 1DT on Saturday 14 November. At that concert the programme with include Bach’s Concerto in D minor for violin, oboe and orchestra and our soloists will be Christopher Horner (Violin) and Caron de Burgh (oboe)

 

All these concerts start at 19.30. Tickets are available at tickets@philomusica.org.uk

 

For more information on all our remaining concerts in 2015 please visit our ‘Where to Hear Us’ page

 

2016 - a BIG year for Philo

We have a momentous year in prospect in 2016. In April 2016 we’ll give our 1000th concert, which will be a great occasion. Then in November 2016 we’ll celebrate our 50th anniversary with a very special concert in Tewkesbury Abbey. Full details of both concerts soon.

Come and join us

If you’re interested in joining Philomusica Linda would be very keen to hear from you - especially if you’re a bass. As she says: “There are no auditions. Instead we have a trial period of a month which gives new recruits the chance to see if they like the Philomusica experience: almost without exception they do.” For more information call Linda on 01684 850426

 

We have weekly rehearsals in Worcester and Gloucester – members attend whichever one is most convenient. Worcester rehearsals are at Bromyard Road Methodist Church, St. John’s, Worcester, WR2 5DL on Thursday evenings at 19.30, starting on Thursday 3 September. Gloucester rehearsals take place at The Milestone School, Longford Lane, Gloucester GL2 9EU on Friday evenings at 19.30 and start on Friday 4 September.