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. 



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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