Past Concerts

Autumn Concert: The Sun, Moon & Stars

19 November 2022

Autumn Concert: The Sun, Moon & Stars

Choral concert with works by Bach, Beethoven, Boulanger, Delius, Elgar, Esenvalds, Haydn and Richter.

Orchestra Play Day - Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

24 September 2022

Orchestra Play Day - Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Come and play this stupendous work with the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra. Informal performance at the end of the day.

9 July 2022: Haydn's Creation

9 July 2022

9 July 2022: Haydn's Creation

Come and hear Spires Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, alongside a stellar cast of soloists, perform Haydn's greatest oratorio, The Creation in the stunning surroundings of Coventry's breathtaking Cathedral

23 April 2022: Spring Concert - Dvořák & Mozart

23 April 2022

23 April 2022: Spring Concert - Dvořák & Mozart

Spires Orchestra & Chorus Conductor Jack Lovell-Huckle
Dvořák's 8th Symphony & Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor - TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Ghosts in the Ruins

29 January 2022

Ghosts in the Ruins

Nitin Sawney's World Premiere of Ghosts in the Ruins

Ghosts in the Ruins

28 January 2022

Ghosts in the Ruins

Nitin Sawney's World Premiere of Ghosts in the Ruins

Ghosts in the Ruins

27 January 2022

Ghosts in the Ruins

Nitin Sawney's World Premiere of Ghosts in the Ruins

Ghosts in the Ruins

27 January 2022

Ghosts in the Ruins

World Premiere of Nitin Sawhney's commemorative work Ghosts in the Ruins

22 January 2022: Play & Sing Handel's Messiah

22 January 2022

22 January 2022: Play & Sing Handel's Messiah

Come and join us as we explore Handel's joyous masterpiece, The Messiah in a day of fun and engaging workshops for both chorus and orchestra.

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27 November 2021

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27 November 2021: The Changing Seasons

27 November 2021

27 November 2021: The Changing Seasons

Spires Chorus & Orchestra are back!

After two years since their last live concert, Spires Music are proud to present a programme of delightful choral and orchestral music.

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04 April 2020: Spring Concert

4 April 2020

04 April 2020: Spring Concert

Spires Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Colin Touchin perform
Dvořák's 8th Symphony & Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor

11 January 2020: Come & Play & Sing 2020

11 January 2020

11 January 2020: Come & Play & Sing 2020

Conductor: Jack Lovell
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Repertoire: Mozart Great Mass in C minor K.427

23 November 2019: Advent Concert

23 November 2019

23 November 2019: Advent Concert

Conductor: Jack Lovell
Spires Chorus & Orchestra
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s):
Locatelli Christmas Concerto
Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noel
Plus a selection of Advent music and carols spanning centuries including works by Key, Attwood, Maconchy and Crotch

01 June 2019: Coventry & Dresden in Concert: Twinned Cities Celebrating 60 Years of Friendship

1 June 2019

01 June 2019: Coventry & Dresden in Concert: Twinned Cities Celebrating 60 Years of Friendship

Conductors: Axel Langmann & Jack Lovell
Spires Chorus & Orchestra with the Dresden Neuer Chor
Leader: Alistair Kennedy

13 April 2019: Ethel Smyth's Mass in D

13 April 2019

13 April 2019: Ethel Smyth's Mass in D

Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s) Performed:
Dvorak Symphony No. 7
Smyth Mass in D
Including: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Jeni Bern (soprano), Gaynor Keeble (mezzo-soprano), Mark Wilde (tenor), Quentin Hayes (bass)

Spires Chorus & Orchestra

25 November 2018

24 November 2018

25 November 2018

Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s):
Fauré Requiem in D minor
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell
Lucy Pankhurst: Pankhurst Anthem
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Soloists: Alistair Donaghue (Baritone) Matthew Pearson (Treble)

16 April 2018

16 April 2018

16 April 2018

Occasion: Commemoration of the Centenary of WW1
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (St. Anthony);
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Opus 45
Involving:
Lufthansa Orchester, Lufthansa Konzertchor and Spires Philharmonic Chorus

07 April 2018

7 April 2018

07 April 2018

Occasion: Coventry and Frankfurt: An Enactment of Peace and Reconciliation in the Centenary of World War 1
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s) performed:
Dvorak Symphony No 6 in D major, Opus 60
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Opus 45

02 December 2017

2 December 2017

02 December 2017

Occasion: Advent Concert
Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s) performed:
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Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

22 April 2017

22 April 2017

22 April 2017

Occasion: Spring concert series
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s) performed:
Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor
Schubert Mass No 5 in A flat
Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

12 November 2016

12 November 2016

12 November 2016

Occasion: Autumn concert series - Exploring Handel*
Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s) performed:
Handel: Israel in Egypt (Excerpts)
Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Chorus with Spires Philharmonic Orchestra.
*Sponsored by the Coventry Umbrella Club

18 June 2016

18 June 2016

18 June 2016

Occasion: Summer concert: How Sweet the Music
Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Work(s):
Mozart: Serenade No 12 in C minor K 388
Shearing: Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Beethoven: Overture Fidelio
Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Spires Wind Octet

02 April 2016

2 April 2016

02 April 2016

Occasion: Spring concert series
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s) performed:
Haydn: Mass in D Nelson Mass
Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F
Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

18 November 2015

18 November 2015

18 November 2015

Occasion: And the Dark Somme Flowing: A Centenary Reflection in Words and Music
Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Chorus, Soloists: Abigail Rhodes (Soprano) Leslie Blezard (Alto), Janis Raishbrook (Alto) Penny Turnbull (Alto), David Blezard (Bass)

14 November 2015

14 November 2015

14 November 2015

Occasion: Sing Us Your Dreams: A meditation in music, images and local stories on aspects of World War 1 and its aftermath.
Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Work(s) performed:
Sing Us Your Dreams (Avril Newey, author and Mike Torbe, composer)

07 November 2015

7 November 2015

07 November 2015

Occasion: A meditation on the First World War in music and images: Sing Us Your Dreams
Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Work(s) performed:
Sing Us Your Dreams (Avril Newey, author and Mike Torbe, composer)

04 July 2015

4 July 2015

04 July 2015

Occasion: Summer concert - Haydn and Cakes
Conductor(s): Jack Lovell
Work(s) performed:
Haydn: String quartet in C, opus 33 No 3, 'The Bird'
Haydn: Part songs (selection)
Haydn: Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Little Organ Mass

11 April 2015

11 April 2015

11 April 2015

Spring concert series
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Work(s):
Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D
Mozart: Requiem
Involving:
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Soloists: Imogen Faris (Soprano), Charlotte Ireland (Mezzo-Soprano), Oliver Marshall (Tenor), Samuel Lom (Bass)

22 November 2014

22 November 2014

22 November 2014

Occasion: Autumn concert series
Conductor(s): Roger Coull
Work(s) performed:
CPE Bach: Magnificat
Sullivan: Overture The Mikado
Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre
Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore
Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations

05 July 2014

5 July 2014

05 July 2014

Occasion: Spires Youth Orchestra Summer Concert
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Involving:
Spires Youth Orchestra, Leader Julian Zhou.
Soloists: Elinor Davies (Clarinet), Julian Zhou and Bella Bourne (Violins)

11 June 2014

11 June 2014

11 June 2014

Occasion: Music from Saxony - Joint concert with Technische Universität Dresden
Conductor(s): Daniel Spogis and Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Wagner: Siefried Idyll
Schumann: Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 Scottish

26 April 2014

26 April 2014

26 April 2014

Occasion: Shakespeare Concert
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Nicolai: Overture “Merry Wives of Windsor”
Tchaikowsky: Fantasy Overture “Romeo and Juliet”
Mozart: Missa Solemnis in C minor, K.139

16 March 2014

16 March 2014

16 March 2014

Occasion: SYO Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Mozart: Overture to the opera “Don Giovanni”, K.527
Cimador: Double Bass Concerto in G major
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV.351
Walton: March “Crown Imperial”
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17

08 Feburary 2014

8 February 2014

08 Feburary 2014

Occasion: SPO/King Henry VIII concert series
Conductors: Colin Touchin (& Alastair Kennedy?)
Work(s) performed:
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony Op 110a (extracts)
Toshiro Mayuzumi: Percussion Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor

23 November 2013

23 November 2013

23 November 2013

Occasion: SPO/SYO Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Spires Youth Orchestra and Narrator*: Selwyn Calvin

12 July 2013

12 July 2013

12 July 2013

Occasion: Allesley Festival 2013: Songs for Summer
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Chorus and String Quartet and Soloist*: Clarissa Knee (soprano)

06 April 2013

6 April 2013

06 April 2013

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op.68
Haydn: Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse)
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus

17 March 2013

17 March 2013

17 March 2013

Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Vivaldi: Concerto in C major
Hardiman: The Lord of the Dance
Faure: Elegie, Op.24
Sullivan: Symphony in E major
Involving: Spires Youth Orchestra and Soloists: Michael Dworkin & Peter ? (trumpets), Callum Ellis (cello)

02 February 2013

2 February 2013

02 February 2013

05 January 2013

5 January 2013

05 January 2013

Venue: Royal Leamington Spa Town Hall
Occasion: Spires Youth Orchestra New Year Concert
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Mussorgsky: Night on a Bare Mountain
Beethoven: Romance in F major, for Violin and Orchesra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor

16 November 2012

16 November 2012

16 November 2012

Occasion: Elegant Elgar
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Elgar: The Empire March
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Purcell: Rondeau, from “Abdelazar”
Elgar: The Music Makers
Involving: Spires Youth Orchestra, Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Soloist: Claire McKay (mezzo-soprano)

11 November 2012

11 November 2012

11 November 2012

Occasion: Remembrance Day Concert for Coventry Peace Month
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s):
Mozart: Adagio for two Clarinets and Three Basset Horns
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Ferrenc: Nonet in Eb major
Schubert: Symphony No.6 in C major, D.589
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra

14 July 2012

14 July 2012

14 July 2012

Spires Youth Orchestra invitation appearance at Baginton Proms in the Park

10 July 2012

10 July 2012

10 July 2012

Venue: Leamington Spa Centre
Occasion: Spires Youth Orchestra Concert Series with Synergy
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin and John James
Work(s) performed:
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Jenkins: Palladio
Wilkinson: Beatlecracker Suite
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

16 June 2012

16 June 2012

16 June 2012

Occasion: Coventry Mysteries Festival Week 2012: Choose the Light Concert
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Touchin: Choose the Light (World Premiere)
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and Choirs from Earlsdon, Frederick Bird and Wyken Croft Schools

14 April 2012

14 April 2012

14 April 2012

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in Eb major, K.297b, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn
Touchin: Coventry Suite (World Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, “Choral”

07 April 2012

7 April 2012

07 April 2012

Occasion: Spires Youth Orchestra Concert Series
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin, Adam Sangster, Kelvin Ngai, and John James
Involving: Spires Youth Orchestra, Leaders Isobel Williams and Lucinda Bourne and Soloist: Ethan Gardner (cello), and La Salle School Band, Hong Kong

23 March 2012

23 March 2012

23 March 2012

Spires Youth Orchestra Concert Series
Conductor: Gerard Hyland
Work(s):
Albinoni/Giazotto: Adagio for organ and strings
Masciangelo (1823-1906): Miserere mei Deus (Ps.50) (first UK performance with orchestra)
Maunder: Olivet to Calvary
Involving: Spires Youth Orchestra and Musica Sacra

04 February 2012

4 February 2012

04 February 2012

Occasion: Concert Series with KHVIII School
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Beethoven: Overture “Coriolan”
Schubert: Symphony No.7 in B minor, “Unfinished”
Involving: Members of Spires Philharmonic Orchestra supporting the School Orchestra

03 January 2012

3 January 2012

03 January 2012

Occasion: Spires Youth Orchestra Debut Concert
Conductors: Colin Touchin and John James
Involving: Spires Youth Orchestra, Leaders Isobel Williams and Lucinda Bourne

11 November 2011

11 November 2011

11 November 2011

Occasion: Austrian Autumn
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Beethoven: Septet, Op.20
Mozart: Te Deum in C major, K.141
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K.618
Mozart: Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, K.273
Schubert: Mass No.2 in G major, D.167
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Chamber Orchestra

23 April 2011

23 April 2011

23 April 2011

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Touchin: St.George of Coventry (World Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major
Beethoven: Mass in C major
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

19 June 2010

19 June 2010

19 June 2010

Occasion: Concert Series
Conductor(s): Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Bernard: Divertissement, Op.36
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388
Bruckner: Mass No.2 in E minor
Involving: Chamber Instrumentalists from Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

03 April 2010

3 April 2010

03 April 2010

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: ? Neil Aston
Work(s) performed:
Beethoven (arr. Wendt): Symphony No.7 in A major
Cherubini: Requiem in C minor
Involving: Chamber Instrumentalists from Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

06 February 2010

6 February 2010

06 February 2010

Occasion: Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Soloists: Colin Druce (organ), Colin Touchin (recorder)

31 October 2009

31 October 2009

31 October 2009

Occasion: Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists: Lucy Elliott (flute)

18 June 2009

18 June 2009

18 June 2009

Occasion: Belgrade Concert Series: “Serenades for the City”
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Brahms: Serenade No 2 in A major
Mozart: Serenade in Bb major, “Gran Partitta”, K.361
Involving: Chamber Instrumentalists from Spires Philharmonic Orchestra

13 June 2009

13 June 2009

13 June 2009

Occasion: Belgrade Concert Series: “Serenades for the City”
Work(s) performed:
Gounod: Petite Symphonie
Rossini: Quartet No.5
Dvorak: Serenade in D minor, Op.44
Involving: Chamber Instrumentalists from Spires Philharmonic Orchestra

11 April 2009

11 April 2009

11 April 2009

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major, "Pastoral"
Haydn: Harmoniemesse
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

16 November 2008

16 November 2008

16 November 2008

Occasion: Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Serenade to Music, Linden Lea & Toward the Unknown Region
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists: Alastair Kennedy

29 June 2008

29 June 2008

29 June 2008

Occasion: Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Faure: Requiem in D minor
Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Touchin: Manchester Welcome
Coombes: Dance Variations
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and Heart of England Recorder Orchestra (HERO)

22 March 2008

22 March 2008

22 March 2008

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Schubert: Symphony No.7 in B minor, "Unfinished"
Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
Faure: Requiem in D minor
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

29 September 2007

29 September 2007

29 September 2007

Occasion: Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s):
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.46, Nos.3 & 6
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1
Elgar: The Black Knight, As Torrents in Summer, My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, They are at rest
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

20 April 2007

20 April 2007

20 April 2007

Occasion: Rotary Club: St George's Day
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Brass Ensemble and Chorus

07 April 2007

7 April 2007

07 April 2007

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

11 November 2006

11 November 2006

11 November 2006

Occasion: Mo Mowlam Fund for Peace: Celebrating Mozart
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s):
Mozart: Overture to the opera “Don Giovanni”, K.527
Mozart: Flute Concerto No.1, K.313
Mozart: Requiem, K.626
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists: Clare-Louise Appleby (flute)

09 September 2006

9 September 2006

09 September 2006

09 September 2006

9 September 2006

09 September 2006

Occasion: Celebrating Mozart
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Mozart: Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in Bb major, K.595
Mozart: Coronation Mass in C major, K.317
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists: Veronika Ilinskaya (piano)

16 July 2006

16 July 2006

16 July 2006

Occasion: Godiva Festival 2006
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, “Choral”, Finale
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists