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.

Singing for peace

Vote for Spires and Lufthansa

We are appealing for public support as we seek funding for a major international concert in Coventry next April.

Spires Music has applied to insurance giant Aviva for funding to help meet the costs of our joint performance of Brahms’ German Requiem with a choir and orchestra from the German airline, Lufthansa, in Coventry Cathedral on 7 April 2018.

Under Aviva’s Community Fund, projects must show public support through a system of voting. Selection for the short list will depend on the number of votes cast on the community fund website www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk for the concert, and voting closes on November 21 November 2017.

In the centenary year of the ending of World War One, our concert will bring together choirs and musicians from our two countries in an enactment of peace and reconciliation through the shared joy of music in a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem.

A successful bid of up to £5,000 would be used to hire Coventry Cathedral, hire the staging for one hundred singers, pay soloists and key professional musicians who will provide support, advertise the concert and encourage the local Coventry community to join us. It’s our first international concert and we are very excited by the prospect. Please vote for us!

To vote for us click on the button below which will take you directly to our page with all the details.

Next Event — and an invitation to singers.

On Saturday 2 December 2017 at 2.30 pm, Spires Chorus and Spires Baroque Orchestra, Leader Alistair Kennedy, conductor Jack Lovell, present an Advent concert at Warwick Road United Reformed Church, Coventry.

Would you like to sing, or sing more? Coventry Spires Music invites you to join us for our autumn programme. We are a friendly unauditioned choir with an inspirational chorus director in Jack Lovell. We rehearse at King Henry VIII music centre in Coventry, benefiting from the school's generous support of community music activities. We vary the days of the week on which we rehearse to accommodate your other activities in the evenings.

Autumn rehearsals are in preparation for our Advent concert on Saturday 2 December which will include the chorus 'For unto us' from Messiah, Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and Bach's cantata 'Wachet auf' together with english glees and West Gallery carols.

For more details of the rehearsal schedule, see the rehearsal page, or email our chorus manager, Kath Hardy. We look forward to meeting you in September!

Rehearsal schedule

Click on this link for the concert rehearsal schedule

Click on the poster for a full size version

Future dates

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

Concert Archives

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.

Other information


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