Birmingham Cathedral has an excellent professional Cathedral Choir of boys, girls and adults. They sing five services each week in various formations, usually including the boys at three services and the girls at two. We have no choir school so our choristers come from many different schools and their diversity reflects the diversity of the city. The Choir gives regular concerts in the Cathedral, in parish churches in our diocese and further afield. Recent destinations include Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.
The Choir’s repertoire ranges from Palestrina, through Bach, Mozart and the great 19th and 20th century Anglican church composers to modern pieces commissioned by the Choir. One highlight was their 2016 collaboration with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, singing with Tony on the download track How Good It Is - it's a free download, available here. The Choir also recorded an associated CD, After the Sabbath, copies of which are online here, or from the Cathedral shop. Other recent engagements include a broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong.
For details of our current music list, please click here to be redirected to our "What's on" page and look about halfway down to where it says "view the full calendar of services and events."
The Cathedral Choir singing at the Divine Beauty Concert in the Cathedral, 2018
One of the jewels in the crown of Birmingham Cathedral is Choral Evensong, a short service at the end of the day, using traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer. Evensong is sung four times a week by the choir, and the service lasts around 35 minutes.
Other CDs available from the Cathedral shop include A Song of the Light (Music by Canon Marcus Huxley, performed by the Cathedral Choir, released in December 2010) My Dancing Day (released December 2004), On Christmas Night and a CD of Victorian organ music by Wesley, Smart and Stanford played by Canon Marcus Huxley (all Regent Records).
The Cathedral also plays host to many choirs and ensembles throughout the year, including, for example, Ex Cathedra, the Birmingham Bach Choir and the University of Birmingham Singers and Orchestra. Details of these concerts can be found on the events page or directly via the promoters' websites. For more details about our upcoming concerts, please see our Events page.
Friends of Cathedral Music
On Sunday 6 March 2016 the cathedral welcomed Peter Toyne, Chairman of the Friends of Cathedral Music, to present a £30,000 endowment to help fund our music. The FCM relies on the generosity of regular givers, one-off donations and legacies to continue to support the English Choral Tradition. Find out more on their website.
St Philip's Singers
Our voluntary choir, the St Philip’s Singers, sings on Wednesday lunchtimes. The choir usually rehearses for two successive weeks and then sings at our BCP Communion service on the third week. Please contact David Hardie on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.