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Sunday 9 March, 2014
Spires Music is an organisation that exists to give Coventry, Warwickshire and the local region greater access to the riches of the classical 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. In 2012-13 about twelve performances will be given including the Youth Orchestra tour of Poland.
Spires Music comprises the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), the Spires Philharmonic Chorus (SPC) and the Spires Youth Orchestra (SYO). The last was founded in 2011 to allow young musicians between 11 and 21 to perform at the highest level possible in the region. The large catchment area ensures access for as many good young musicians as is practicable, and the best players also perform in the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, giving a smooth transition for young players from initial orchestral experience to professional standards.
For further background details see this page here, and for all other information about the organisation, please use the links at the top and bottom of each page.
Our next event will be on this Sunday 16th March 2014. Spires Youth Orchestra, leader Julian Zhou, conductor Colin Touchin, will present a programme including music by Tchaikowsky, Mozart, Cimador, Vivaldi and Walton.
The concert will feature Lucy Edmunds (double bass), Callum Ellis and Lizzie Bolitho (cellos) in concertos by Cimador and Vivaldi.
This is the first time that the Youth Orchestra has performed in Rugby, and the concert takes place at Lawrence Sherrif School, Clifton Road, Rugby, CV31 3AG. It will begin at 2.30 pm. Tickets are £8 (concessions £5) or a family ticket will cost £15 available from the box office (024 7637 0515) or on the door.
Spires Youth Orchestra Manager Michael Williamson says
"In this programme three orchestral members have the opportunity to show their skills as soloists as well as orchestral players. We're delighted that they are taking up the challenge. It should be well worth hearing".
Click on the picture on the right or see this concert page for full details of the programme.
Saturday 26th April 2014: Spires Philharmonic Orcestra and Chorus, Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Coventry. 2.30 pm.
Saturday 5th July 2014 : Spires Youth Orchestra Concert, The Hall, King Henry VIII School, Coventry. 3.00 pm.
Further details of these and later concerts in the 2013-14 season to follow.
For a full outline of the 2013-14 season concerts see the full calendar page here.
An archive of previous Spires concerts has now been prepared and can be accessed from the Concert Archives page.
Review of combined concert on 16th November 2012 at All Saints, Leamington by Clive Peacock
For a review of the King Henry VIII concert on 31st October 2009 by Clive Peacock, published in the Leamington Courier, see this page here.
For a review of the Spires Youth Orchestra Inaugural Concert on 3rd January 2012 by Clive Peacock, published in the Leamington Courier, see this page here.