Passionate about great choral music

Singing in Symphony Hall

Singing in Symphony Hall

Adrian Lucas, Musical Director

We perform wonderful choral concerts in Symphony Hall, Town Hall and Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham. Founded in 1921, we are looking forward to our centenary in 2021. 

We are singing…

Although we have not been able to perform our concerts as planned, this year, we continue to rehearse and will bring you online performances over the next few months.


This autumn, we are rehearsing Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, also known as the Nelson Mass.  Unable to meet in person, we will use technology and the wonderful skills of our music director and accompanist to record this fine choral work ready for an online concert in  November.

Christmas Carols

We look forward to presenting an online concert of Christmas music on Sunday 20th December. More details to follow.

Centenary Season

We continue to plan an adventurous centenary season in 2021.  With 2020 somewhat changed by COVID-19, we are inspired to find novel ways to celebrate our heritage and forward-looking vision.  We will bring you more details over the next few months.

Handel’s Messiah

As part of our Centenary Season, we hope to bring you a rather different format of Handel’s Messiah – that wonderful work which we have sung annually in Town Hall / Symphony Hall since the 1940s.  Not in December this year but at a later date.

See our past and present programme on our CONCERTS page.

Contact us…

You can contact us about booking or supporting the choir or our concerts.
Choir members login HERE.

Join us…

A choir of 130 singers, we are always looking for new members to join us. Watch our video then Read MORE.

Note that rehearsals at present are online and not at the Priory Rooms.

Want a choir for your wedding, party or other event?

We can provide a choir for weddings, parties or other occasions. Voices from the City of Birmingham Choir have been enthusiastically received at a wide range of events. Read MORE.

Handel’s Messiah – we are experts!

Vienna tour 2017 – outside Stephansdom

they displayed the agility and precision of an ensemble half their size

— Birmingham Post, December 2015


Latest news…

Haydn@Home rehearsals start

31st August 2020, by Mark Lawrence

We are delighted that our Haydn@Home project starts on Tuesday 1st September. City of Birmingham Choir members will all return… to the new normal! We will rehearse online to produce an online concert on Saturday 7th November of music from Haydn’s Nelson Mass.

We will give you more details of the concert in due course.

Hear us on disc…

Our 2016 recording of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony transcribed for organ by David Briggs was described as ‘riveting’ on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review.

You can also buy our festive Christmas Treats CD via this website.

Our history…

The City of Birmingham Choir was founded in March 1921.  Read MORE about our history.

World Première Performance…

We performed the world première of  John Barber’s, The Rain Queen. Read MORE

Mahler 8 – a marvellous celebration with our BPO friends

Paris Tour 2015 - Notre Dame, Sunday am

Paris tour 2015 – outside Notre Dame