|Spires Music||telephone: 01926 774644
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Page last updated:
Sunday 9 June, 2013
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 detail see this page here, and for all other information about the organisation, please use the links at the top and bottom of each page.
Dates for the remainder of the 2012-13 season are as follows:
|Friday 12th July 2013||SPC "Songs for Summer". Allesley Church. 7.30 pm. This concert is part of the 2013 Allesley Festival. For further details see below and for full programme here.|
|Saturday 13th July 2013||SYO Summer Concert. Holy Trinity Church, Long Itchington. 7.30pm. For further details see below.|
22nd - 30th July 2013: Spires Youth Orchestra tour to Poland, including three concerts in Warsaw and Krakow, including joint concert with Hong Kong Touring Choirs.
Come and Sing Messiah with string orchestra on January 18th 2014 with informal performance at 4.00. Further details to follow.
Spires Chorus and string quartet will be appearing at the Allesley Festival on 12th July. The concert conducted by Colin Touchin will include a folk song setting of Bitter Withy by Mike Torbe, the Spires Schools Liaison officer, and the soprano soloist in Mozart's Laudate Dominum will be Clarissa Knee, a member of the Spires Chorus.
Full details of the programme and ticket information can be viewed here.
The Spires Youth Orchestra, leaders Lucinda Bourne and Alana Chen, conductor Colin Touchin, is giving its 2013 Summer Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Long Itchington, in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. The programme will consist of well known pieces from the orchestral repertoire – Holst's Jupiter from the Planets Suite, Bach's Toccata and Fugue, Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – together with some intriguing works that the orchestra will perform on tour in Poland during the third week in July – Elgar's Polonia, and Gorecki Three Pieces in Olden Style.
Of particular interest will be the Amber Overture that Colin Touchin is composing especially for the tour and the concert will also include Chopin's Funeral March (arranged by Elgar) and the Concerto for 2 Trumpets by Vivaldi.
An archive of previous Spires concerts has now been prepared and can be accessed from the Concert Archives page.
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.