Spires Music is an organisation that exists to give Coventry, Warwickshire and the local region greater access to the riches of the classical musical repertoire from musicians performing at a professional level.
It was founded in 2005 by Colin Touchin, formerly Director of Music at Warwick University, as a means of fulfilling a desire to create the opportunity for professional and advanced non-professional musicians to work together to provide high quality choral and orchestral performances. It has grown from three or four concerts a year, but has expanded in the last year.
Spires Music comprises the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and the Spires Philharmonic Chorus (SPC). From 2011 to 2015 we also ran the Spires Youth Orchestra to allow young musicians between 11 and 21 to perform at the highest level possible in the region. With the merger of the Coventry Youth Orchestra with Warwickshire youth music activites in 2015, we closed the SYO to give the new Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra the best chance. We encourage young musicians to join the CWYO, but the most able (grade 8 or above) are welcome to audition for the professional/amateur Spires Philharmonic Orchestra.
For further background details see this page here, and for all other information about the organisation, please use the links at the bottom of each page.
Next Event — and an invitation to players and singers.
Our next event is to be our Play and Sing Workshop on Brahms' German Requiem which takes place on Saturday 20 January 2018 at the King Henry VIII Hall.
The day begins with registration at 9.30 am and the first rehearsal sessions begins at 10.00 am.
Friends and members of the public are warmly invited to afternoon tea at 3.40 pm, followed by an informal performance at 4.00 pm, and the day ends at 5.00 pm.
Players are welcome as well as singers. Singers may bring their own scores or hire one on the day; for players, instrumental music will be provided.
A leaflet with all of the information is available for download here. It can also be obtained from the Chorus Manager. The leaflet contains tear-off forms for each of players and singers to book your place on the day.
Easter Concert — 7 April 2018
The Play and Sing Workshop is a pre-cursor to our Easter Concert on Saturday 7 April at Coventry Cathedral at 4:30 pm.
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by the Lufthansa Choir from Frankfurt for a full performance of the Brahms German Requiem, and of the Symphony No 6 in D major by Dvorak. The concert will be conducted by Colin Touchin.
Spires Chorus then embarks on a tour to Frankfurt for a repeat of this concert as guests of the Lufthansa Choir and Orchestra.
As our Chairman, Helen Atwood has said: "In the centenary year of the ending of the First World War, our concerts will be not only acts of remembrance but also of peace and reconciliation, celebrating our common values through the joy of music-making".
The Lufthansa Orchestra and its Chorus are made up of pilots, flight attendants, technicians, office workers and many more, who get together in their spare time to present 2–3 special concerts every year as well as Lufthansa corporate events. Their musical director is our own Colin Touchin.
See an interesting short documentary on the Orchestra here on YouTube and a YouTube search on 'Lufthansa ochester' finds a series of other related clips showing the orchestra and choir in performance.
More details of the concert will be published in due course.
Rehearsal information for choir and orchestra for this concert has now been published on the detailed rehearsals page.
The outline calendar of events for autumn 2017 to spring 2018 is available on the 2017-18 calendar page
Programme notes collection
We have assembled a collection of programme notes from past concerts which may be of general interest. Further notes will be added from time to time.
To see the collection, click on this link or on the 'Programme Notes' link on the top menu of any page
The concert archives section of the website has now been updated. This can be accessed from this link or from the menus on any page.