Choral Society is a 120 strong four-part choir, with sopranos and altos from King Edward VI High School for Girls and Tenors and Basses from King Edward's School (it also includes several members of staff and parents). In addition to our weekly lunchtime rehearsals we have an intensive residential weekend at the Pioneer Centre in Cleobury Mortimer. Our choral highlights have included Haydn's Nelson Mass, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Mozart's Requiem.
For many of these choral concerts, professional soloists are used-a real inspiration to our choristers-and many of them are Old Edwardians. Professional orchestral players are often drafted in to accompany us, allowing even our most talented orchestral players to be able to sing if they wish, rather then feeling committed to playing in the orchestra.
KES Choir is a four part choir made up solely of boys. There is a huge enthusiasm among the boys to be part of this choir and there are about 160 members. This choir has a wide repertoire and performs annually at Founder's Day, at the Christmas Concerts, and at our Summer Concert in Symphony Hall. In addition, the choir is central to our annual Carol Service, which is held at St. Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham.
The player below has a live recording of the schools' Choral Society (conducted by Martin Monks) singing the Kyrie from Mozart's Requiem at one of our popular summer concerts in Symphony Hall.