Passionate about great choral music
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.
Although we have not been able to perform our concerts as planned, this year, we have continued a full rehearsal programme remotely. We have now released a number of recordings on our YouTube channel which we hope you will enjoy. Best wishes for a brighter new year!
This autumn, we rehearsed movements from Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, also known as the Nelson Mass. Unable to meet in person, we used technology of online video and a learning platform created by the wonderful skills of our music director and accompanist to record this fine choral work.
See the results on YouTube: City of Birmingham Choir – YouTube
Carols for a Lockdown Christmas
We are delighted to tell you about our series of recordings of Christmas music online. Find them here: City of Birmingham Choir – YouTube
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.
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.
Note that rehearsals at present are online and not at the Priory Rooms.
We were truly privileged to hear this fine performance by the inspired City of Birmingham Choir
We have started rehearsing remotely again, marking our Centenary Year by rehearsing two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams which we have not performed in living memory. In Windsor Forest is an adaptation of Shakespeare songs from RVW’s opera Sir John in Love. Paired with this is the more well-known Serenade to Music, written to celebrate Proms-founder Sir Henry Wood’s 50th anniversary as conductor.
We are enjoying getting to grips with this new territory and intend to bring you some performances in due course, as we did with our Haydn@Home and Carols for a Lockdown Christmas projects.
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.
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