Past Concerts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spires Youth Orchestra invitation appearance at Baginton Proms in the Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31 October 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

09 September 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

15 April 2006

Occasion: Spring Concert Series
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Mozart: Requiem, K.626
Handel (arr. Mozart): Messiah (excerpts)
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Chorus, Orchestra and Soloists

?? July 2005 3

Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Handel: Messiah (excerpts)
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Chorus, Colin Druce (organ)

?? July 2005 2

Conductor: Neil Aston
Work(s) performed:
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra

?? July 2005 1

Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K.622; Wood: Sea Songs; Schubert: Overture in C
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists: Neil Aston (clarinet), Gaynor Keeble (mezzo-soprano)

09 July 2005: Godiva Festival 2005

Occasion: Godiva Festival 2005
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Work(s) performed:
Orff: excerpts from Carmina Burana
Involving: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus