Conservatoire_2019q1_edit3_60pct-1024x538Birmingham Choral Union – one of the longest established choirs in Birmingham.

Forthcoming Events

    Saturday 14 December 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

    9th October 2019, by Kathryn
    Family Christmas Concert. With Colin Baines conductor. Darren Hogg organist. Featuring singers from Water Orton Primary School. Please note the start time of 6.30 pm. With our usual visit from Father Christmas and mince pies at the interval. Selly Oak Methodist Church, Langleys Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6HT.            

    Join us!

    7th August 2019, by Laura Brodrick
    Enjoy singing?  Fancy a challenge? Come and join the friendly choir! Get in touch using our form, or just turn up at one of our rehearsals on a Monday evening at 6.45pm from September 2nd.

    Monday 30th December 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

    30th July 2019, by Kathryn
    Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Birmingham Symphony Hall in collaboration with City of Birmingham Choir. A Raymond Gubbay production featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.   For more information, please visit the THSH website  

    Saturday 28 March 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CANCELLED

    30th June 2019, by Kathryn
    Sadly, this concert has been cancelled. We have not taken this step lightly and had all been working hard to prepare for what promised to be an exciting concert. We still hope to perform the pieces sometime in the near future, but the health and well-being of our choir members, soloists, musicians and audience is paramount.   Honegger ...

    Saturday 27 June 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CANCELLED

    29th June 2019, by Kathryn
    We are sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel this concert. Due to the current circumstances we are unable to meet to rehearse, let alone put on a concert. We will post more information when we have details of our plans going forward. An evening of Finzi, Howells and Vaughan Williams.   Colin Baines – Conductor.      

    Saturday 22 June 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

    22nd June 2019, by Kathryn
    Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem. in Brahms’ own arrangement for piano duet accompaniment with songs by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Elgar and Quilter and Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge   Colin Baines – Conductor. Darren Hogg – Pianist. Phil Ypres Smith – Pianist Jacqueline White – Soprano Terence Ayebare – Baritone.   St. Francis Church, Sycamore Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2AA. Click here for map . Please ring ...

    About the choir

    COVID-19 Update

    Regrettably, we have had to cancel all forthcoming concerts and suspend rehearsals for the time being. We will be up and running again as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. 

    Although we are unable to rehearse and perform in person WE ARE STILL ACTIVE as a choir, singing and supporting one another through these tough times.

    We are rehearsing on zoom each week, and recording some pieces to share on YouTube.

    Members keep in touch via email and WhatsApp, and we are planning an online Christmas quiz and bring and buy sale!

    If you’d like to join us please do get in touch.

    We are also updating our website and a new look site is on its way!

    Our best wishes go out to all our supporters and friends and hope you keep well and strong – and if possible, KEEP SINGING!  You will find some resources on this website for learning and singing. 


    OUR CHOIR…..

    We are people who love to sing, and we come from all walks of life.

    Birmingham Choral Union has been singing in the City since the 1880s, performing with professional orchestras and soloists in wonderful venues, including the Symphony Hall, Town Hall and The Elgar Hall. For larger performances we sometimes collaborate with other local choirs.

    We enjoy the challenge of singing a range of music, under the musical guidance of our charismatic conductor Colin Baines who has been with us since 1981. We sing sacred and secular pieces in different languages and from different musical traditions.

    Our rehearsals are every Monday evening near Broad Street, and include a gentle warm-up and vocal exercises, then learning each piece with piano accompaniment from Darren Hogg. We have a short refreshment break with choir notices and regular fundraising sales and events.

    We always welcome new singers, of all voices and it’s easy to join, with low membership fees. You’ll find us friendly and supportive.

    Further details about us may be found elsewhere on our website, please see our Rehearsal Details.

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