Spires Music telephone: 01926 774644
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Page last updated:
Friday 21 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.

Next Event — Saturday 26th April 2014

26th April 2914 posterOur next event will be on Saturday 26th April 2014. The Spires Philharmonioc Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Colin Touchin, will present a Shakepeare Concert including music by Vaughan Williams, Nicolai, Thaikowsky and Mozart.

The concert will feature soloists Imogen Faris (soprano), Charlotte Ireland (mezzo), Robert Grisbrook (tenor) and Samuel Lom (bass-baritone)

The concert will begin at 2.30 pm. Tickets are £12 (concessions £8) and a family ticket will cost £15 available on the door or from Coventry Tourist Information Centre (024 7622 5616), email: tic@cvone.co.uk.

Click on the picture on the right or see this concert page for full details of the programme.

Advance Dates for 2014:

new information iconWednesday 11th June 2014 : Members of Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus combined with TU Dresden, Holy Trinity Church, Coventry. 7.30 pm. Concert to feature music by Wagner, Brahms, Schuman and Mendelssohn. For full details of this concert, see the concert page here.

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.

Choir rehearsal information

Rehearsal information and dates for the joint concert with TU Dresden on 11th June is available from this page

Concert archives

An archive of previous Spires concerts has now been prepared and can be accessed from the Concert Archives page.

Concert Reviews

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.


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