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Belshazzar and all that jazz…

16th February 2017, by Mark Lawrence

We are enjoying learning some pretty tough music, not the least in the guise of Belshazzar’s Feast.  If you have never heard Walton’s great work, listen to a recording and then book tickets at to our performance with BSSO and Michael Seal on Saturday 20th May. Tickets are at bargain price.

First unleashed on the musical scene in 1931, this jazzy, dramatic, evocative and electrifying piece pulls no punches in telling the famous story of the Babylonian king and the ‘writing on the wall’.

Happy New Year, 2017!

31st December 2016, by Mark Lawrence


We would like to wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year – with plenty of marvellous music to accompany it.

Our season continues with great excitements – a tour to Vienna, Belshazzar’s Feast with the brilliant young players of BSSO and another day out to Tewkesbury Abbey.

Thank you for supporting our concerts so far – Songs from a Changing World, Spectacular Classics, Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Classics.

We look forward to seeing you at our performances in 2017.

Happy Christmas!

20th December 2016, by Mark Lawrence


Thank you for supporting our concerts so far – Songs from a Changing World, Spectacular Classics, Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Classics. We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
We look forward to seeing you at our performances in 2017.

Kevin Whately joins the City Choir for Christmas Classics

3rd December 2016, by Mark Lawrence
Kevin Whately

Kevin Whately

Actor Kevin Whately, famous for his role as TV detective, Lewis, is the special guest reader of our Christmas Classics concert. Come along to Symphony Hall on Saturday 17th December for a festive feast of music for Christmas-tide. With the City Choir under its conductor Adrian Lucas will be the London Concert Orchestra, soloist Julia Doyle and trumpeters from the Band of the Queen’s Division.
Buy your tickets now – we look forward to seeing you.

Messiah selling fast!

22nd November 2016, by Mark Lawrence
Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Our wonderful annual performance of Handel’s Messiah with the City of Birmingham Choir and the CBSO is selling well – and the Grand Tier of Symphony Hall is now open for business.
Book your tickets to enjoy (or enjoy again) Handel’s wonderful music.

A truly splendid choir with everyone palpably performing to their utmost.

… so said the Birmingham Post of our Messiah performance.
Book now! Friday 2nd December at 7.00 pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Recording Mahler in Blackburn Cathedral

15th October 2016, by Mark Lawrence

The City Choir are in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 15th October with world-famous organist David Briggs and conductor, choir Vice-president and former City Choir maestro, Christopher Robinson. David’s arrangement of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony for organ is being recorded for a CD. Choir conductor Adrian Lucas is wearing his Acclaim Productions hat as the recording company for the project.

Blackburn Cathedral - lantern

Blackburn Cathedral – lantern


A wonderful concert – now looking ahead to what’s next

9th July 2016, by Mark Lawrence

Tickets are on sale for our next concert.

We very much enjoyed performing our Folk Songs and Finzi concert at the Elgar Concert Hall with the “remarkable little Westminster Chamber Orchestra”.  We were praised for “such a wonderful homogeneity of tone from all four vocal sections, and the lightness of touch” with which our large choir delivers its singing. The Elgar hall was a lovely place to sing in, and we look forward to returning there on 6th November for our programme, Songs From a Changing World. (Read REVIEW.)

Our annual highlight is Birmingham’s own performance of Handel’s Messiah (Friday 2nd December), a City of Birmingham Choir tradition.  With “a chamber sized CBSO and committed soloists”, we hope, once again, to bring you “seemingly effortless voice production – clean entries, clear text, a true joy”.2016-7-9_01417

See our concerts page for our full programme.

Sunday 3rd July concert

11th June 2016, by Mark Lawrence

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BOOK NOW for our next concert. Join us for a summer’s afternoon of music, celebrating the best of English folk and poetry, courtesy of some of our most prominent and loved composers of modern times Read the rest of this entry »

Happy 80th birthday, Christopher Robinson

2nd May 2016, by Mark Lawrence

CJRWe would like to express our congratulations and send good wishes to our Patron and former Conductor, Dr Christopher Robinson, who is celebrating his 80th birthday. Conductor from 1964-2002, Dr Robinson established a tradition of excellence in the choir. Read more HERE.

Marvellous Mahler 8

12th March 2016, by Mark Lawrence
Mahler 8 - BPO@75

Mahler 8 – BPO@75

“I doubt anyone has ever heard Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” given with that number of musicians, but I guess Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra’s amazing presentation under Michael Lloyd on Sunday came somewhere near the forces employed by Mahler for the Munich premiere of this Eighth Symphony in 1910.”

So says Birmingham Post critic, Christopher Morley.  (Read the whole article.)

Choir of over 300 (City of Birmingham Choir and University of Birmingham Chorus plus children’s choir, BPO (in marvellous form) of over 140 players, eight soloists – all under the baton of Michael Lloyd celebrated BPO’s 75th anniversary in style on Sunday 6th March. Read MORE.