Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Three Spires Orchestra (February - July 1987)

In Easter Week 1987, the Cathedral Choir went on tour to Rome (including a visit to St Peter's) and, as part of the preparation for any tour, there was much fund raising to be done. The senior choristers of the time decided to found the Three Spires Orchestra which was made up of the choristers and was directed by one of the senior choristers. These images are a copy of the concert programme (with the cover also designed by a senior chorister) for the fund raising concert held on 21 February 1987 in St Chad's, Sutton Coldfield.


One enterprising member of the audience recorded the entire concert and, bearing in mind the effect of nearly 30 years passing on video tapes themselves, the entire performance - which demonstrates the instrumental and choral skills of the choristers as a body and of some individuals - is the first multimedia item in the new archive.


Having enjoyed putting on the concert, just before the senior choristers left they somehow obtained permission to hold a second concert - this time in the Cathedral - as another charitable venture on 18 July, 1987. This was the programme for the Three Spires Orchestra's final performance, although there is no recording of this available:


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