Spires Music is an organisation that exists to give Coventry, Warwickshire and the local region greater access to the riches of the classical musical 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.
Spires Music comprises the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and the Spires Philharmonic Chorus (SPC). From 2011 to 2015 we also ran the Spires Youth Orchestra to allow young musicians between 11 and 21 to perform at the highest level possible in the region. With the merger of the Coventry Youth Orchestra with Warwickshire youth music activites in 2015, we closed the SYO to give the new Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra the best chance. We encourage young musicians to join the CWYO, but the most able (grade 8 or above) are welcome to audition for the professional/amateur Spires Philharmonic Orchestra.
For further background details see this page here, and for all other information about the organisation, please use the links at the bottom of each page.
Play and sing day
On Saturday 19 January 2019 at the King Henry VIII Hall in Coventry we have our next 'Play and Sing' day when the repertoire will be Handel's Messiah.
Singers and instrumentalists are invited to this event. Registration is from 9.30 am with a 10.00 am start.
If you have a copy of the score, please bring it with you; copies can be hired on the day.
If you are not taking part in the activities of the day, you are equally warmly welcome to an informal perfomance of the work at 4.00 pm, but do join us before that for afternoon tea at 3:40 pm.
Our next main concert will be on Saturday 13 April at the Methodist Central Hall, Coventry CV1 3HA. The concert begins at 2.30 pm.
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Leader Alistair Kennedy will be conducted by Colin Touchin. The programme will be:
Dvorak: Symphony No 7 in D minor
Ethel Smyth: Mass in D
Ticket and booking details will be announced at a later date.
Review of the Sing and Play Day (Brahms' Requiem), 20 January 2018
Our Play and Sing Day at Earlsdon working on the Brahms' Requiem involved more than 90 singers and 30 musicians. For an account click for this page here.
Review of Advent Concert 2 December 2017
Our Advent Concert on 2 December 2017 at the United Reformed Church, Coventry was very successful. For reviews click for this page here.
Programme notes collection
We have assembled a collection of programme notes from past concerts which may be of general interest. Further notes will be added from time to time.
To see the collection, click on this link or on the 'Programme Notes' link on the top menu of any page
The concert archives section of the website has now been updated. This can be accessed from this link or from the menus on any page.