Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Spires Philharmonic Chorus is about 50 strong and performs classical choral repertoire to a high standard. At least twice a year, in April and November/December, the chorus combines with our orchestra to perform a major choral/orchestral work. Our April concerts are led by our Artistic Director, Colin Touchin. All other concerts are lead by our Chorus Director, and Orchestra Conductor/Manager, Jack Lovell-Huckle.
In the summer, we often hold a popular picnic performance for chorus and orchestra members. We have growing international links with other musicians. In 2018, after performing at Coventry Cathedral with the Lufthansa Chorus, we organised a chorus tour to Frankfurt and sang Brahms’ German Requiem with the Lufthansa Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Colin Touchin. In June 2019, the Dresden Neuer Chor sang with Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at Coventry Cathedral, to celebrate 60 years of friendship between the twinned cities of Coventry and Dresden.
Rehearsals are held at West Orchard United Reformed Church, Baginton Rd, Coventry, CV3 6FP - a comfortable and attractive venue with great acoustics, easy parking and good access. Rehearsals for the Chorus are arranged on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45pm, including a refreshment break. There are usually ten rehearsals for each concert and we ask members not to miss more than three. Rehearsals for the Orchestra are on Thursday evenings in the few weeks before the concert with three to five rehearsals, repertoire depending. We welcome applications from members of every section of the orchestra but particularly strings and brass.
Fees: Chorus: £35 per concert and set of 10 rehearsals; Orchestra: £15 per concert and set of 5 rehearsals.
New members are always very welcome and are invited to attend rehearsals for a few weeks to try us out. There is not usually a need to audition and after a few rehearsals you will be invited to join on a more permanent basis. For the Chorus an ability to read music is required and you are expected to undertake preparation outside rehearsals. For the Orchestra you will be expected to be an accomplished orchestral player performing to a high standard and committed to attending the reduced rehearsal schedule.
If you would like to join us please contact us using the form below.