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 Warwick 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 — 18 June 2016 at 2.30 pm
William Shakespeare takes on a supporting role for Spires Music's midsummer choral concert in Coventry this month, presented on Saturday 18 June 2016 by the Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Wind Octet.
Words from the immortal bard feature in two pieces of music in the programme, George Shearing’s jazz-flavoured Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare and Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The concert, at Earlsdon Methodist Church, Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6NF, on Saturday 18 June at 2.30pm, marks a year’s residency in Earlsdon for Spires.
Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Wind Octet will be offering a summery programme that also includes Mozart’s Serenade No 12 in C minor (K388) and Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture arranged for wind octet by Wenzel Sedlak (1776—1851).
The conductor is Jack Lovell, also celebrating twelve months with Spires and recently appointed music director of Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tickets for the How Sweet The Music concert are £12, with concessions £8 and a family ticket £24. They are available on the door and from Coventry’s Tourist Information Centre in the Old Cathedral, 024 7622 5616; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Events for 2016—17
Outline details of the next three events in our 2016—17 season have now been published.
The dates are Saturday 12 November, 2016, Saturday 14 January 2017 and Saturday 22 April 2017.
For more details see our calendar page.