A Harrison Clark solicitor will be swapping her case notes for musical notes as she prepares to sing at this year’s BBC Proms. Sarah Rees will be performing at the Albert Hall as a First Soprano with the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus.
The chorus will be performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the world-famous classical music festival, which will be broadcast on both television and radio. Personal injury lawyer Ms Rees has been singing since the age of seven and is currently rehearsing for the performance by receiving specialist language training in German.
She said: “The members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus are expected to perform in a variety of languages, from Russian to Hebrew. The training can be quite intense but it’s worth it, plus we have top vocal coaches on hand to help us hone our technique.
“We’ve been invited to perform at venues all over the world, with a trip to Kuala Lumpur last year and Hong Kong the year before. This year we have an exciting season ahead, as we will be singing with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev in October and with Sir Simon Rattle in March.
“However, we’re all really looking forward to singing at the BBC proms, as it is watched by millions and loved by people all over the world. It’s a great privilege to perform at an event which really helps to connect people with classical music.”
The chorus will be accompanying the BBC’s Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Sarah and her fellow choir members will rehearse with the orchestra at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios the day before their performance.
Ms Rees added: “Preparations for the concert are well under way. Although we sing at a professional level, we have to juggle our singing commitments around our work commitments. Getting to perform at the Proms is a great way of recognising the hard work that we all put in.”