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Our Choir

Birmingham Choral Union has been actively involved in the musical life of the City spanning three centuries. Over the years, the choir has performed on many stages in the city, including Symphony Hall, the NEC, and the new Elgar Hall as well as numerous churches and community venues.

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. 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, with the able support of Darren Hogg as our Accompanist.

Charity Support

Birmingham Choral Union is proud to support local, national and international charities. This support has helped to raise awareness of the work of the charity and in some cases we have worked together with the charity to raise funds too. Sometimes our choir members have personal experience of the help provided by the charities, and we also try to support those highlighted by the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. The Lord Mayor is one of our valued patrons.

Sponsor the choir

Bringing the joy of beautiful choral music to local people, the choir provides the opportunity for amateur singers to learn and perform with professional musicians. Putting on a concert is an expensive business! As a registered charity we receive no public funding, and all our concerts and activities are possible due to fundraising, sponsorship and ticket sales. We are grateful to our patrons and sponsors and acknowledge them in our concert programmes. Please consider sponsoring:

A venue | A soloist | An orchestral player | Music or score hire | Flowers | Programme printing | Video performance production

Send us an email to talk about sponsorship opportunities.