Project information

Unfinished Remembering a new choral symphony

'Unfinished Remembering' a new choral symphony, composed by Paul Spicer from a libretto by Euan Tait, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The premiere will take place in the Symphony Hall in September 2014 and will be recorded on CD

September 2013 - September 2014

Charity information: The Birmingham Bach Choir

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  • Need


    The project address the need for the city to mark an historic occasion and to honour the brave in all generations. It gives an opportunity for service personnel, musicians, community leaders and the people of the Midlands to come together and remember conflicts part and present and acknowledge the continuing struggle for peace and unity here and abroad.


    The music speaks of the suffering and sacrifice in past and present conflicts and invites reflection on the implications for our future. It pleads for reconciliation and mutual understanding to grow from the remembering. It offers an occasion where many people from different backgrounds can gather to commemorate the First World War and a legacy with a score and CD recording so that the music can be more widely heard and performed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To commission, perform and record a new classical choral work to comemmorate the First World War


    » The Symphony has been commissioned from he poet Euan Tait and composer Paul Spicer and is inj an advanced state of development
    » The Symphony Hall has been booked fro the premiere. Professional soloists and orchestra have been engaged and a semi-chorus from the Conservatoire
    » The Choir has been fund-raiding. we have received £24000 from the John Feeney Charitable Trust and do far raised £40,000 for the performance/recording

    What success will look like

    Ticket sales. Audience feedback by questionnaire and through the social media. Feedback from them professional musicians. Critical reviews. sales of CDs . Uptake by other choirs.

    Aim 2

    To found and develop a new Military Choir in Birmingham to perform with us in 2014


    » We are working with the Royal British Legion to develop a new choir locally- along the lines of the Military Wives Choirs
    » Paul Spicer has written a new national song ' A shared Singing' for the new choir to perform and record.

    What success will look like

    The ability of the choir to gel and perform a variety of music and to continue as a self- determining organization after 2014 under the umbrella of the Military Wives Choir.

    Aim 3

    To reach out to the local community to offer a focus for 2014 commemoration which is truly inclusive


    » Wide publicity, outreach to schools, subsidised ticket prices to aid accsessiblity to the event

    What success will look like

    The mix of the audience. Uptake of subsidised seats. Feedback -especially from those new to classical concerts. Views of our partners in the Regional Planning Group & City Council

  • Impact


    A new choral symphony for 2014 in keeping with the outpouring of artistic activity after both World Wars and honouring individual courage and sacrifice then and now. This will give a musical legacy as a score and recording and the reception and uptake of these will be the measure of the project's success.

    We hope that the new military choir will continue to flourish after 2014 bringing fellowship and the joy of music-making to service personnel and their families


    The first risk is that funding may not be sufficient to cover both performance and recording. The premiere already looks secure. If there is a shortfall on the funning we will be unable to record.

    The Symphony Hall holds 2000 and we are undertaking a very wide oureach to fill as many seats as possible with people from all walks of life with a mix of items in thye programme

    The work is complex and to reduce artistic risk we have engaged professional singers and a professional orchestra.


    We send feedbak reports by letter and all donors are being asked to save they date if they would like to attend the premiere as our guests.

    All donors will receive a copy of the final evaluation and will be offered a CD .

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,500 Commission paid for by the John Feeney charitable Trust
      £58,000 performance £40,000 raised more applications pending
      £37,500 recording as above

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    John Feeney Charitable Trust £24,500 Guaranteed
    Saintbury Trust £6,000 Guaranteed
    Bryant Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    Owen family Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Grimmett Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Choir Fund Raising £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Birmimgham Symphony Hall, a large prestigious venue, centrally situated and easy to access (very good disabled access). This gives people from all over the city and region the opporrtunity to come together for an act of commemoration and reflection marking the beginning of the declared four year cycle of remembrance.


    The musicians will have the challenge of a new work to perform.

    We hope that the audience will be inspired and caught up with the various pieces of music and have a truly memorable experience.

    We hope that the City will feel proud of this unique event of commemoration

    We hope that the symphony and national song will be widely performed and enjoyed on CD.

    We hope that the new Military Choir will flourish and bring joy, challenge and satisfaction to its members

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This project is unique. I am not aware of any other new musical commission to mark the centenary of the First World War and we are already well advanced with planning and fund-raising. Birmingham Bach choir enjoys an excellent reputation in the region as does the Orchestra of the Swan. With professional soloists excellence is assured. We have long experience of commissioning, performing and recording new music and arr confident that we are on track for success with thios endeavour.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Spicer

    Conductor of the choir, composer of Unfinished Remembering. Paul is widely known as a choral trainer and conductor. He leads and inspires us

    Hilary Boszko

    Hilary masterminds publicity and marketing and energetically forges links with the media and other organizations.

    Paul Tiffany

    Treasurer. Paul keeps immaculate accounts both for the Choir in general and sepatately for this project

    Catherine Crocker

    Fundraiser with much still to do. Urges the choir towards internal fundraiding efforts and applies to trusts which match our profile