The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce that Ula Weber has been appointed as the conductor of the CBSO Children’s Chorus ahead of its 25th anniversary in 2019.
A trained choral conductor and former primary school teacher, Ula Weber has been involved with many of the CBSO’s Learning & Participation projects and is the regular conductor of SO Vocal, the CBSO’s 200-strong community choir. Within Birmingham and the surrounding areas, she conducts a number of choirs, including the Birmingham City Council Choir, and performs with renowned choir Ex-Cathedra. She has also been one of Ex Cathedra’s lead education vocal tutors and co-created its award-winning Singing Playgrounds project. She is also founder of the National Teacher’s Choir, co-founder of music education organisation Vocal.Point, and Musical Director of Birmingham-based Echo Doliny, the National Polish Folk Choir of Great Britain.
Ula Weber was selected following a seven-month search for a new conductor, providing each of the final candidates with the opportunity to work with the CBSO Children’s Chorus to prepare them for a specific performance. Ula’s appointment has been made based on the musical and vocal attainment of the chorus during her trial period.
Ula Weber comments: “I’m thrilled to be the new conductor of the CBSO Children’s Chorus and I look forward to working with the children and indeed, the whole of the CBSO family. With some exciting projects in the pipeline, I can’t wait to get started!”
CBSO Chorus Director Simon Halsey CBE adds: “I’m delighted that Ula Weber will be joining the choral staff of the CBSO as the conductor of our wonderful Children’s Chorus. Under her leadership the Children’s Chorus will continue to go from strength to strength, and I look forward to working with her on many exciting performances and collaborations over the coming season, and into the CBSO’s Centenary celebrations in 2020.”
The CBSO Children’s Chorus will also mark its 25th anniversary with a special fundraising concert on 28 March 2019 celebrating 25 years since former CBSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle and CBSO Chorus Director Simon Halsey CBE founded the CBSO Youth and Children’s Choruses. Both ensembles will take centre stage in the first half of the programme with their own conductors, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the CBSO and CBSO Chorus in the programme’s second half. The CBSO Children’s Chorus will work with CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla on 21st and 27th November 2018 in two performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and also perform in the closing concert of the CBSO’s 2018-19 season on 26 June 2019, The Damnation of Faust conducted by Edward Gardner.
The CBSO are grateful to the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, Principal Supporter of the CBSO’s work with young people.