Ryland Street, Birmingham, B16 8BL
Celebrating great choral music
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.
Covid 19 has had a huge impact on the Arts and theatres in 2020 and thousands of musicians have had to find creative ways to stay in touch and make music. Throughout the last 18 months BCU has maintained weekly rehearsals on Zoom and we’ve made some fabulous recordings. We have quizzed, held virtual Bring and Buys and stayed in daily contact.
We are now rehearsing for our 2022 concerts in April and June, and we have more exciting music planned.
In 2024, in collaboration with Persona Arts we are planning a production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, with workshops starting in July and October 2022 in Small Heath.
If you would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.
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 email us.
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.
Enjoy singing? Fancy a challenge?
Come and join the friendly choir!
Singing in harmony with others is a great feeling, and when you add professional players and singers into the mix it’s wonderful. Singing is good for your physical and mental health, and with us it’s fun and sociable. 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.