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 other venues in Birmingham, with trips to Tewkesbury Abbey.

Upcoming concerts

Our live concerts  continue our 100-year tradition of variety and excellence.


Handel’s Messiah  (Friday 8th December at 7 pm, Symphony Hall)

Join us for our annual expert performance of Handel’s masterpiece.  We love singing Messiah, and you will love it, too. Tickets are on sale now. TICKETS LINK

City of Birmingham Choir
Adrian Lucas conductor

Friday 8th December 2023 at 7 pm (note early start time)
Symphony Hall, Birmingham B1 2EA


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

Our recent concerts:

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

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.

such a wonderful homogeneity of tone from all four vocal sections, and the lightness of touch

— Birmingham Post, July 2016


Latest news…


14th November 2023, by Mark Lawrence

After a splendid concert of English music balanced with Beethoven’s marvellous Mass in C, our thoughts go forward to our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Please join us in Symphony Hall for the work at which we are experts and have been so for 100 years.  Our friends in the CBSO play the music with great sensitivity.  Our wonderful team of soloists retell Charles Jennens’ libretto with distinction.  Adrian Lucas conducts and directs the fine vocal forces of the City of Birmingham Choir in Handel’s most famous work.

The concert is at 7pm on Friday 8th December.  Buy tickets HERE.  We look forward to seeing you.

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.

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