Fast falls the Birmingham eventide

Fast falls the Birmingham eventide

On of the reasons orchestras organise choral concerts is because amateur singers have families who usually book to hear them.

Not in Birmingham, apparently.

One of our moles tells us that, with three hours to go, tonight’s concert, involving the UK premiere of John Luther Adams’s Vespers of the Blessed Earth, has sold just one-fifth of its tickets. And that’s with two choirs singing.

The upper parts of Symphony Hall are being closed off to make the place seem less deserted.

The other work on the programme is Sibelius second symphony.

This is turning into a season of great discontent.

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