"Part ritual, part requiem, part haunting sonic sculpture... It was beautifully done"
Birmingham Post

UPCOMING PROJECTS

February 2018
Recording

We’ll be making a short recording, including works by Kerry Andrew, James Oldham, Philip Moore, R.F. Smiley. These will be posted online soon - watch this space!

Spring 2018
for-Wards

In collaboration with Bobbie-Jane Gardner’s for-Wards project, an extraordinary multi-year project involving all 40 wards of Birmingham in creating exciting new music, we will be representing Nechells along with Xhosa Cole.

http://for-wards.co.uk

Listen to Xhosa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgWVRRp9yTE

26-27 June
Coda Festival

A concentrated two-day festival of contemporary music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We’ll be piloting a project based on Tchaikovksy’s landmark setting of the Vespers, with new additions by American composer Chris Cresswell, and two new works by RBC student composers.

Check out Chris: http://www.chriscresswellmusic.com

VESPERS

VIA NOVA vocal ensemble performs VESPERS: there is a light

A unique series of events throughout Yorkshire with Birmingham’s critically-acclaimed Via Nova ensemble, performing and workshopping new compositions based around Tchaikovsky’s Vespers.

CONCERTS (free of charge; retiring collection): 2 August, 19:30 College of the Resurrection (Stocks Bank Rd, Mirfield WF14 0BW) 3 August, 19:30 Chantry Chapel (3 Calder Vale Rd, Wakefield WF1 5DJ)

WORKSHOP (free of charge): 4 August, 12:00–18:30 St Peter’s Church (Cambridge Rd, Harrogate HG1 1RW) culminating in an informal performance (17:30), and followed by a catered meet-and-greet (18:30)

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

April 2017
Post Paradise Concert Series

Centrala, Birmingham

November 2014
The Flight of Song (Howard Skempton) and Rothko Chapel (Feldman)

St Paul’s Church, Birmingham; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival ‘Shorts’ Series. St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield.

‘The Flight of Song actually moved the audience to a ripple of laughter…Via Nova sang with calm assurance… remarkably controlled and subtle singing’ Richard Bratby, theArtsDesk

November 2014
To the Angel with the Fiery Hands: Choral Music of Scandinavia and the Baltics

St Paul’s Church, Birmingham; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival ‘Shorts’ Series. St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield.

November 2014
Cradle Song (Harrison Birtwhistle)

Hon. Doc., Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Adrian Boult Hall; November 2014.

‘…gloriously delivered by the Via Nova Chamber Choir’ Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post

March 2014
The Swallows of Salangan (Morton Feldman)

European premiere, Adrian Boult Hall.

‘One of the most beguiling & enigmatic premières I’ve encountered in recent times’ Simon Cummings, 5:4.com