Performing great choral music for 100 years

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 celebrating our centenary in 2021. 

We ARE singing our Centenary!

Join us as we return to live concerts this autumn, which marks 100 years since the first concert of the City of Birmingham Choir in November 1921.

This autumn sees TWO DIFFERENT PERFORMANCES of our annual favourite, Handel’s Messiah.  Click on the links to buy tickets.

MESSIAH  – The Inside ViewA fun-filled family event where you can get to know Handel’s masterpiece in an easy and accessible way. (Sunday 28th November 2021, Town Hall).  Tickets just £5 (Family ticket £15).

MESSIAH – The Centenary Performance:  We mark our centenary year with an electrifying full performance of Handel’s greatest choral work along with our wonderful friends, the CBSO. (Friday 10th December 2021, Symphony Hall)

We will also take part in two more favourite concerts in Symphony Hall:

Spectacular Classics (Saturday 13th November 2021)

Grand Christmas Classics with Alan Titchmarsh (Sunday 12th December 2021)


We have also released a number of recordings on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy.  


In autumn 2020, 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.  We were joined by orchestral players and soloists for our final recordings.

See the results on YouTube: City of Birmingham Choir – YouTube

Carols for a Lockdown Christmas 

We recorded Christmas music performances online. Find them here: City of Birmingham Choir – YouTube

Contact us…

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

Join us…

A large choir, 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.  Look back for an update on the rehearsal venue this autumn.

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!

stunningly accomplished performance by Adrian Lucas and the City of Birmingham Choir (performance of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words From the Cross)

— Birmingham Post, May 2010


Latest news…

One Hundred Years Ago

3rd August 2021, by Mark Lawrence

This 28th November at 2.30 pm, 100 years to the day, in the Town Hall, join us for MESSIAH – The Inside View: A fun-filled family event where you can get to know Handel’s masterpiece in an easy and accessible way.  Cameras and a big screen will let you see what the orchestra and players are up to.  Tickets are just £5 and there’s even a family ticket for £15.


Here is the programme from the very first concert of the City of Birmingham Choir, 28th November 1921, given in the Town Hall.


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

Vienna tour 2017 – outside Stephansdom

Paris Tour 2015 - Notre Dame, Sunday am

Paris tour 2015 – outside Notre Dame