Join the Choir
We are a friendly and purposeful group of about 80 adult singers of
all ages and diverse backgrounds. We currently have singers living in
Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire
and, of course, the West Midlands.
We welcome good singers from many countries around the world, recognising
the universal appeal of choral singing.
Choir members pay a seasonís subscription of (currently) £180 per year.
There is a reduced yearly fee for students of £48. Anyone else of limited
means may talk to the Treasurer in confidence regarding payment of subscriptions.
We have obtained a grant to fund a limited number of bursaries for promising young student tenors, to work with the choir and benefit from the training given by Paul Spicer. The bursaries will be available for one year from September 2014.
We rehearse every Wednesday from 7.15pm to 9.30pm at Newman House,
Harrisons Road, Edgbaston, B15 3QR (map).
Our rehearsal hall has plenty of free car parking.
If you like what you see and hear, we'll arrange a straightforward audition with the conductor and then it's up to you and him!
Auditions consist of:
- Scales to test range
- A simple aural test - pick a note out of a chord
- Singing a piece of your own choice
- Sight reading
Further details can be downloaded by following the link to Choir Audition Guidance
We can vouch for the friendliness of our choir, but let the Birmingham Post speak for our musicianship in performance:
“Performing Britten's 'A Boy was Born' must be rather like taking part in an Olympic Decathlon: you need stamina, technical command, awesome breath-control, agility and loads of nerve. The Birmingham Bach Choir breasted the tape after an impressive display of discipline, concentration and resource”.
Bach’s 'B minor Mass' in Symphony Hall:
“Conductor Paul Spicer has trained these highly committed amateurs to sing as though members of one of the tiny chamber choirs he directs so brilliantly. Phrasing is supple and almost instrumental…”
Mozart 'Requiem' and Haydn's 'Nelson Mass' in the Adrian Boult Hall:
“From the unforced steady tread of Mozart’s opening Requiem Aeternam to the closing bars of Haydn’s Dona Nobis Pacem this was an evening of disciplined choral singing, full of concentrated energy with vocal lines at the loudest seemingly carved out of granite, and at the quietest bathed in a vibrant glow”.