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Ex Cathedra ticket offer for The Arts Society

A discount code has been set up for the 3 concerts listed below. Members can book online, in person or over the phone and quote the code TAS15.

That will entitle them to 15% off their tickets. Up to two tickets per booking but no limit on the number of bookings, it’s just subject to ticket availability at the time of booking.

Anyone booking for all 3 concerts will be eligible for our concert package which also entitles them to 15% off plus they save the per ticket commission, so even better!

In 40 Parts – Tallis, Striggio, Jackson, Roth

Sunday 21 October, 4pm
Town Hall

An opportunity to hear no fewer than 5 pieces written in 40 different parts. Choirs usually sing in 4 or sometimes 8 parts, so this is music on a grand scale. The iconic model is Tallis’ soaring, uplifting, truly monumental Spem in alium composed during the reign of Elizabeth I. Live performances – the only way to really appreciate music written for 8 choirs of 5 voices each – are relatively rare, and anticipated with relish.

Bach – Christmas Oratorio

Sunday 2 December, 4pm
Town Hall

Bach composed 6 cantatas for 6 feast days over Christmas. They are now usually performed together under the title ‘Christmas Oratorio’, exuberant, joyful music that celebrates the Christmas story with all Bach’s usual ingredients, eloquent recitatives, exquisite arias, acrobatic choruses, all enhanced by the vivid colours of the period instruments (and we have many of the UK’s leading period instrumentalists in our Baroque orchestra).

Beginnings & endings – Bach & Roth

Saturday 9 February, 7.30pm
The Bramall, University of Birmingham

Two sublime, but lesser-known, Bach cantatas on the theme of beginnings and endings are performed alongside the world premiere of a new work from Alec Roth. Alec writes in his own, very accessible language, and his music takes very clear inspiration from Bach. His new work will shed light on our understanding of the Bach and conclude with a ‘chorale’ that the whole audience will sing together.

There’s a pre-concert talk for ticket holders at 6.15pm.

How to Book

For further details and to book tickets, telephone 0121 780 3333 or visit the website:

Save Our Parks

The Arts Society Birmingham has been contacted by a member of the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum to see if we can help with a campaign. She writes:

Britain’s parks are at risk. There’s no legal responsibility to look after them and squeezed budgets mean our local green spaces – from playgrounds, to the park you relax in on your lunch break – don’t have the money they need. We could end up being forced to pay to use our parks – or lose them altogether.

A group of MPs are looking into the crisis right now. They’re thinking of making protecting parks a legal requirement, and they’ll advise the government on what to do.

A huge petition, signed by all of us, will prove how much we love our parks. It could convince the MPs to come up with a water-tight plan for protecting them.

Can you sign the petition now and demand that looking after our parks is made a legal requirement by the government? It only takes 30 seconds to add your name –