Birmingham Choral Union

Celebrating great choral music

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 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 choral 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. Each Christmas we love singing in a lively family concert at Selly Oak Methodist Church, with a mix of traditional and popular carols and seasonal songs.

During Covid lockdown we continued to meet and rehearse on Zoom and made some fabulous recordings – see our YouTube channel links at the bottom of this page.  We’re now fully back to rehearsing and performing with wonderful soloists and instrumentalists, and we’ve been developing new collaborations with local musical innovators. 

This year, as well as our own concerts we are supporting Persona Arts as part of a community chorus in a professional production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.

Enjoy singing? Fancy a challenge? Want to be part of it?

Join Us!

Singing is good for your physical and mental health, and with us it’s fun and sociable. You’ll be part of a community, learn languages and enjoy being part of making wonderful live music in lovely settings.  Singing in harmony with others is a great feeling, and when you add professional players and singers into the mix it’s wonderful. You are welcome to come along for a rehearsal to see how you like it, and if you’d like to join the choir you’ll need to pass an informal audition with the Musical Director. It helps if you can read music and have sung in a choir before, even if it was some time ago.

We are always pleased to welcome new singers so if you think you’d like to sing with our friendly choir, check out our rehearsal details at the bottom of this page and get in touch.

Come and join the friendly choir!


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Birmingham Choral Union In Action

During COVID lockdowns the choir continued to sing and support one another, making some recordings from home, which you’ll find on our YouTube channel. We are very grateful for the skilled support of our sound and video editors and musicians. You can find out more about them using the buttons below.

Our Rehearsals

We rehearse every Monday evening at the Unitarian Church in Ryland Street during term time. There is free parking and the building is single storey with no steps. Members come from a wide area and some share lifts to choir.

If you’d like more information about access and transport please get in touch.

The evening starts at 6.45pm with a gentle warm-up and vocal exercises. We learn each piece with piano accompaniment from Darren Hogg. We have a short break for choir notices and refreshments (sometimes with cake!) and regular fundraising sales and events. We finish promptly at 8.45pm.

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