About Birmingham Bach Choir: Rachmaninoff's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Birmingham Bach Choir

Paul Spicer conductor

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear this beautiful work, sung unaccompanied and in it’s original language (Liturgical Slavonic).

It marks the 150-year anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s birth.

The ’Chrysostom Liturgy' has been the most used version of the liturgy in the Orthodox Church. This work, composed in 1910 on his return from his American tour to his summer estate Ivanovka in Russia, was the first of Rachmaninoff’s three great choral works.

It exudes his love of the Russian Orthodox chant: a very different sound from anything we might hear in the Western Christian tradition with its continuum of prayers, psalms, and hymns sung and chanted without any instrumental accompaniment.

The Choir will perform the work with elements of the Divine Service, including some chanting by a solo voice representing the Priest.

Writing to his friend Nikita Morozov, Rachmaninoff said of the work, "I have been thinking about the Liturgy for a long time and for a long time I strove to write it. I started to work on it somehow by chance and then suddenly became fascinated with it. And then I finished it very quickly. Not for a long time have I written anything with such pleasure.”

Birmingham Bach Choir:

"Be under no illusion, this is an amateur choir who achieve professional standards…everything you could wish for” (David Barton 2022)

"exhilaration, beauty and deep musical satisfaction...” (Prof David Saint 2022)

Wheelchair Users and the Disabled

There is wheelchair access for seating downstairs (but not in the gallery)

Getting There

St Paul’s Church, St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1QZ

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Booking Info

Free (limited) ticket for Disabled Visitor’s Carers, as per Access Scheme

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Wheelchair Users and Disabled Patrons

If you require a wheelchair position (subject to availability) please call the Box Office on 0121 289 6343.

A range of tickets and services are available under our Access Scheme. To find out more, or to join the Access Scheme, email boxoffice@bmusic.co.uk or call us on 0121 289 6343.