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-in our Centenary season…

Join us for a FREE webcast of our Haydn@Home concert – movements for choir, soloists and orchestral players from Haydn’s NELSON MASS.  100 years to the day since the first ever rehearsal of the City of Birmingham Choir.

Sunday 21st March 2021 at 7 pm

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

We will have a free CENTENARY WEBCAST of the whole performance at 7 pm on Sunday 21st March 2021 on Facebook

Carols for a Lockdown Christmas 

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

Handel’s Messiah

As part of our Centenary, 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 2020 but at a later point in 2021.

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…

Celebration of the Centenary

21st March 2021, by Mark Lawrence

Tonight, we webcast the Haydn@Home recordings of Haydn’s Nelson Mass which we recorded remotely in the autumn, preceded by a discussion between Conductor Adrian Lucas and Accompanist Colin Baines, and followed by a group of members talking about their experiences of being in the choir (ranging from 1 year to 50 years).

After this, members joined a Zoom Social to raise a glass or two to the choir.

Today (21st March) marks the 100th Anniversary of the first rehearsal of the then brand new City of Birmingham Choir on 21st March 1921.

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