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 Joubertiade 2007

Christopher Morley, Chief Music Critic of the Birmingham Post on the celebration of John Joubert's 80th birthday:

Countless performances across the country reminded us of his stature and Birmingham's own "Joubertiade 2007" year-long festival has secured new hearings of previous works, as well as the joy of new commissions.

Chief among these is the completion of his New Testament oratorio Wings of Faith, compellingly communicative and premiered by Jeffrey Skidmore's enthusiastic Ex Cathedra and CBSO soloists in Birmingham's magnificent Oratory in March. There are strong hopes that this important work might be recorded next year.

Another premiere was the Oboe Concerto, both lyrical and skittish, given at the Lichfield Festival by soloist Adrian Wilson and David Curtis' Orchestra of the Swan, and due for a repeat in Birmingham Town Hall early next year.

Late in November Birmingham Cathedral hosted the premiere of Joubert's Five Songs of Incarnation, performed by Edward Higginbottom's Choir of New College, Oxford. Since that first outing it has received three more performances by three different choirs (including an excellent one from the Birmingham Bach Choir under Neil Ferris at the comfortable CBSO Centre).

That same Cathedral concert began with Joubert conducting his own poignantly autobiographical Temps Perdu, richly given by strings of the English Symphony Orchestra. It is a long time since he conducted, though as an undergraduate under his direction I remember how urgent and persuasive he was. This was a very special moment, seeing him return to the rostrum, and this was another highlight of my year.

Joubertiade 2007 – Highlights

Divisions on a Ground (solo cello); John Myerscough; Purcell Room, London
String Trio; Montpellier Trio; Artrix, Bromsgrove
Hymne to God the Father, Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; St Alban’s, Highgate

Hymn tune ‘Merton College’ (premiere); Merton College Chapel, Oxford
Missa Brevis, Birmingham University Singers, Birmingham Cathedral
Piano Sonata No. 3; Duncan Honeybourne, Chichester Cathedral
‘Torch for John’; Birmingham Bach Choir, Paul Spicer; BirminghamCathedral

Civic Reception at Council House, Birmingham
Brass Quintet; Fine Arts Brass; Cheltenham
South of the Line; Ex Cathedra; Barber Institute, Birmingham
Wings of Faith; Ex Cathedra, CBSO; Oratory, Birmingham
Piano Trio; Altenburg Trio; Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham
Launch of Somm double CD

BMS Choral Music CD released
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Kings College Choir, live on BBC Radio 3
Anthem ‘In medio Ecclesiae’; London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

Launch of Toccata Song Cycle CD
Birthday Concert; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
The Hour Hand; Stafford Music Festival

Reflections on a Martyrdom; Roy Massey; Symphony Hall, Birmingham
An Hymne of the Nativity; Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bach Choir
Birthday Concert; Wordsworth Singers; Carlisle Cathedral
That Time of Year (premiere); James Rutherford, ‘Celebrating English Song’, Worcs.

Receives Honorary Doctorate, University of Birmingham
O Lorde the Maker of Al Thing; BCFS; Coventry Cathedral
Oboe Concerto (world premiere); Adrian Wilson, Orch of the Swan; Lichfield Festival
Four Images for oboe, harp and viola; Okeanos; Music@Ratlinghope
Choral Evensong; Vasari Singers; Canterbury Cathedral
Symphony No.1 released on Lyrita

Joy in the Morning; National Youth Choir of Great Britain; Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester
A Hymne to God the Father; Rodolfus Choir; Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester
Prelude on the Old Hundredth; John Scott (organ); Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester
Symphony No.1 featured on BBC Radio3 CD Review

In Retrospect; Le Page Ensemble; Kings Norton, Birmingham
Lyric Fantasy; Mark Bebbington (piano); Stratford upon Avon Festival
String Trio; Montpellier Trio; CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Prelude on ‘York’; Martin Stacey, organ; International Festival of New Organ Music, London
This is the Gate of the Lord; Ex Cathedra; Town Hall, Birmingham
Birthday Concert; Antiphonia; Leatherhead, Surrey
Six Poems of Emily Bronte; Patricia Rozario; Stratford upon Avon Festival
Best Glorious Man; Oxford Pro Musica Singers; Merton College, Oxford

Piano Sonata No. 3; Duncan Honeybourne; Birmingham Chamber Music Society
String Quartet No. 4; Midland Chamber Players; Birmingham & Midland Institute
Gala Concert: Five Songs of Incarnation (world premiere), Temps Perdu;
Choir of New College, Oxford, ESO, Higginbottom, Joubert, Birmingham Cathedral

First broadcast performance of Five Songs of Incarnation BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury BBC Radio 3
Lyric Fantasy; Mark Bebbington (piano); CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Joy in the Morning; Ex Cathedra; Leamington Spa
Miniature String Quartet; Astaria Quartet; Birmingham Conservatoire
Final Concert of Joubertiade; Birmingham Bach Choir, Fine Arts Brass; CBSO Centre, Birmingham

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