100+ years of great choral singing

Singing at Tewkesbury Abbey

Upcoming concerts

Mozart and McDowall

We look forward to seeing you…

Sunday 17th November at 4 pm, Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Mozart Mass in C minor
Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem

City of Birmingham Choir
Adrian Lucas conductor

The ‘Great Mass’ is how Mozart’s Mass in C minor is often referred to and it is considered to be one of the composer’s finest works. Written in 1783, its first performance was in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.

Bringing the programme right up to date, is Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem.  Composed in 2019, this seven movement work is an imaginative pairing of extracts from the notebooks of Leonardo Di Vinci with texts from the Latin Missa pro defunctis.

TICKETS:  box office – tickets will also be available on the door at the concert.


We perform wonderful choral concerts in Symphony Hall, Town Hall and other venues in Birmingham, with trips ‘out of town’ to Lichfield, Tewkesbury and elsewhere.

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Our recent concerts:

French Romantics – Choral and organ music including Dupre De Profundis, featuring David Briggs (organist) (12.06.24, Tewkesbury Abbey)

Reflections – Bach Cantata 12 and Haydn Stabat Mater (2.03.24, Lichfield Cathedral)

Handel’s Messiah (8.12.23, Symphony Hall)

Hurd – Shepherd’s Calendar and Beethoven – Mass in C (12.11.23, Ruddock Hall, Edgbaston)

Come and Sing Brahms Requiem (10.06.23, Gas Street Church)

Saints and Angels: A Celebration of Music and Poetry (13.05.23, Elgar Concert Hall)

Carols for All at St Martin’s (17.12.22, St Martin in the Bull Ring church)

Handel’s Messiah (9.12.22, Symphony Hall)

Vaughan Williams at 150: A Sea Symphony (6.11.22, Symphony Hall)

Classical Spectacular (29.10.22, Symphony Hall)

Faire is the Heaven (11.6.22, Tewkesbury Abbey)

Voice Factory – Commonwealth (26.3.22, Gas Street Church)

Grand Christmas Classics (12.12.21, Symphony Hall)

Messiah – The Centenary Performance (10.12.21, Symphony Hall)

Messiah – The Inside View (28.11.21, Town Hall)

Spectacular Classics (13.11.21, Symphony Hall)

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


In the pandemic, we rehearsed movements from Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, also known as the Nelson Mass. Unable to meet in person, we used online video to rehearse and record this fine choral work.  We were joined by orchestral players and soloists for our final recordings.

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

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a truly splendid choir with everyone palpably performing to their utmost

— Birmingham Post, December 2014


Latest news…

Magnificent French musical evening

16th June 2024, by Mark Lawrence
What a fabulous evening at Tewkesbury Abbey Thank you to Adrian Lucas and David Briggs for their musical skill and expertise and our wonderful soloists Philippa Hyde, Tom Castle and Joylon Loy. And of course the City of Birmingham Choir
If you enjoyed this performance we will be at Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday November 17th at 3pm with Mozart’s  Mass in C Minor and Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem.

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.  Since then it has been a stalwart of Birmingham’s  musical life performing a wide range of classical and modern music in Town Hall and Symphony Hall, often with the CBSO. Previous conductors have included Sir David Willcocks and
Christopher Robinson CBE. For the last twenty years the Choir has been skilfully led by the charismatic Adrian Lucas. Read MORE about our history.

Handel’s Messiah – we are experts!

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