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Choir Summary 2019

Birmingham Choral Union, established in the 1880s, has been actively involved in the musical life of the City spanning three centuries. Over the years, the choir has performed various types of music in venues around the City including Symphony Hall and The Elgar Hall. A previous conductor of Birmingham Choral Union, Appleby Matthews, was a Founder of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and we also had a long and happy association of over 40 years with Harold Gray OBE, first as Conductor and then as President. When Harold retired as Conductor, Richard Silk and David Sadler took over the reins before our present Conductor, Colin Baines, joined us in 1981. Under Colin’s baton, the choir has continued to develop and experiment. We count ourselves fortunate to have Darren Hogg as our Accompanist. In 2014 the Choir was chosen to perform Beethoven’s Choral Symphony in Symphony Hall, with the City of Birmingham Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and in November 2017 we sang in Symphony Hall’s Organ Spectacular. While encouraging younger singers to join us, the Choir also has a strong feeling of continuity. Our President, Val Munro, ably assisted by husband Jim, is engaged in researching and collating the Choir’s history.

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