Last night I was a guest of the Quinborne Choir at their 70th Anniversary Concert, held at St Peter’s Church in Harborne. In the opening speech we were told that a theme of the evening was constancy. The choir was formed seventy years ago, on 25th April 1939 by the Harborne and Quinton Community Association.
The first meeting was held in the Community Centre on Ridgacre Rd, Qunton – which has remained the Choir’s home for the whole of the 70 years. The choir has thrived – despite its difficult beginngs. Four months after it started, the Second World War began and there was a ten month period when evening rehearsals had to be cancelled because of air raids.
Continuing the theme of constancy, we were told that one of the choir’s conductors served for 36 years, and the current conductor has been in place for 15 years. The choir performs a major concert in June, a lighter programme in November, and a Christmas Concert in December. Last night’s concert included pieces by Handel, Bach and Haydn. I thoroughly enjoyed it and many thanks to the organisers for inviting me.
The choir rehearses at the Quinborne Centre every Wednesday and new members are welcome. For more information, see: http://www.quinbornechoir.co.uk