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Biography, 2015. 


The original Musical and Amicable Society was founded in 1762 by James Kempson, who directed the choir at St Bartholomew's Chapel, Birmingham.  Together with fellow musicians from St Philip's Church (now Birmingham Cathedral), Kempson and his singers gathered on a regular basis at Cooke's tavern in the Cherry Orchard "for practice and recreation"  In 2003, Kate Fawcett and Martin Perkins decided to revive this historic society as a collective of professional period-instrument specialists, performing in combinations ranging from small ensembles to full orchestra.  Our presiding ethos is one of chamber music - however large or small the formation - where each and every performer has a significant role to play. Individually, our members maintain successful freelance careers with some of Europe's most prestigious period-instrument ensembles.  Collectively, we revel in exploring Baroque and Classical repertoire, both familiar and forgotten, recreating the soundscapes of earlier eras for audiences today. We particularly enjoy collaborating with choirs to present large-scale works using original instrumentation.  This season sees us forge new relationships with choral societies in Daventry, Stamford and Malvern, as well as returning to perform with old friends: Cherubini and Haydn with the Gwent Bach Society, Bach Passions with the Bach Choirs of Birmingham and Royal Leamington Spa, and Handel’s Samson in Malmesbury.  With smaller forces, we look forward to our annual Holy Week visit to Hoarwithy and to our debut for Worcestershire Early Music at their festival in April.  We are also delighted to be joining the choirs of Worcester Cathedral in a series of Bach Cantatas and Motets and will be reprising our Four Seasons, Four Soloists programme as part of an education initiative in June, linking Capability Brown with Vivaldi.  


In its original incarnation the Musical and Amicable Society issued a printed code of rules for its members, bearing the following motto - which today's Society endorses as heartily as we did a decade ago!


"To our Musical Club here's long Life and Prosperity

May it flourish with us and so on to posterity

May Concord and Harmony always abound

And Divisions here only in our Music be found

May the Catch and the Glass go about and about

And another succeed to the Bottle that's out"


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