Pre World War II

1914 Programme of Merrie England at Birmingham Town Hall

1927 BCU logoMuch of the recorded history of Birmingham Choral Union prior to World War ll has, sadly, been lost although occasionally a reminder of its earlier existence turns up in unexpected places; For instance, a member who purchased some music at a Birmingham shop found inside it a programme for a Birmingham Choral Union performance of Merrie England on 24 January 1914!; In it were listed the names of all the members of the Choir – 126 Sopranos, 111 Contraltos, 51 Tenors and 68 Basses – a total of 356 singers! The cover described it as the third concert of the 27th Season.

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