About the choir

COVID-19 Statement

Regrettably, we have had to cancel our forthcoming March and June 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. Meanwhile, we are keeping in touch with members to encourage and support everyone.  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 will post further updates here.


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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