Joihn Joubert is 90 this month and the latest recording from the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir devoted to his choral music has been released to celebrate that milestone.
John Joubert's choral music is largely unknown save for the famous carols Torches and There is no Rose. But he has written a large corpus of wonderful if challenging music for choir. The Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir recorded a disc of Joubert's choral music including seven first recordings last June and it is released this month.
The disc inckudes a major work 'South of the Line' for choir, two pianos, four percussion and timpani. This was commissioned for the opening of the Conservatoire's Adrian Boult Hall and was the very last music to be heard in that hall before it was demolished. A remarkable pair of bookends.
This is a very special release and sees the choir on its top form. It is hoped that it will help to properly establish Joubert as a major composer of remarkable choral music. It is released on the SOMM label.