As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, Ex Cathedra and their artistic director Jeffrey Skidmore look forward to welcoming you to their 2019-20 season of astonishing choral music and inspiring singing.
The season starts with the Rachmaninoff Vespers. It contains moments of almost unbearable beauty, and extremes of vocal range, complete with astonishing rumbling low bass notes.
Equally demanding for the singers is Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis which also forms part of the CBSO’s centenary celebrations and marks Beethoven’s 250th birthday year. The mouth-watering cast of soloists comprises Ex Cathedra-alumni Carolyn Sampson and Andrew Tortise, the Austrian mezzo soprano Sophie Rennert, and Roderick Williams.
Bach is always an essential ingredient in an Ex Cathedra season, and this year is no exception. They launch the Christmas season with the Mass in B Minor, which promises to be very popular – so do book early - and perform the St John Passion on Good Friday.
Christmas Music by Candlelight and Summer Music by Candlelight are also essential and popular components of our season. This year Ex Cathedra make return visits to Hereford Cathedral and Wolverhampton and make a first visit to Coventry Cathedral, alongside five performances in Birmingham. Whilst there are now five performances in Birmingham, the overall capacity is lower than in previous years so early booking remains highly recommended.
Angels, Stars & Kings (21 Dec) is an hour-long, family-friendly matinee that brings the best of Christmas Music by Candlelight for younger audiences in a specially-curated programme that also features Ex Cathedra’s youth training choirs, the Academy of Vocal Music.
There are considerable savings if you book for 3 or more of Ex Cathedra’s concerts at the same time - so do you’ll be take the opportunity to try something new.