JOIN THE CHOIR
Looking to join a choir with a difference?
Birmingham Bach Choir is a large chamber choir singing a glorious variety of music, from large works with orchestra to intimate a cappella songs and motets, and everything in between, from the earliest to the most recent, and always aiming for the highest standards we can achieve – do look at our repertoire lists: Click here to whet your appetite! We have some wonderful programmes lined up for the next few years and are planning a possible tour to Krakow for 2025, circumstances permitting. If that sounds good, come and start rehearsing with us when we start a new programme!
Preparations are now under way for our beautiful and much-loved service of Nine Lessons and Carols (Sunday 17th December at 3.30pm, St Paul’s Jewellery Quarter – all welcome) but in the New Year, we will be inviting new members to join us, as we begin work on Bach’s wonderful St Matthew Passion. This will be performed at Lichfield Cathedral in March, followed in the summer by a fascinating programme including contemporary choral music by David Bednall and Paul Spicer, together with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Next season brings a gorgeous autumn programme of English choral music inspired by the natural world, followed by Bach’s B Minor Mass in the spring and a delicious programme of French music for summer 2025. Irresistible...
If this is your sort of thing, come and start rehearsing with us at the beginning of January (Wednesday 10th January) - we meet on Wednesday evenings, 7.15 – 9.30pm, in central Cotteridge, with on site parking and easy access to trains and buses. If you like what you see and hear, you can audition on 31st January – tenors and basses are especially welcome, as are first sopranos. There’s some room for altos, too... The audition is short and straightforward, all over and done with before you know it, so don’t be put off by the prospect! If you’re not sure it’s for you, come along anyway at the beginning of our next programme for a week or two to see what goes on: no obligation at all! Seeing and hearing first hand is the best way to find out, after all… If you think the choir is for you, you might also like to note that we have a couple of extra rehearsals on Saturdays 20th January and 3rd February, to which you would be welcome, to keep you up to speed with everyone else.
So, if you’d like to sample a feast of choral music with us next year, get in touch! Just email the Choir Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make arrangements, answer any questions and make sure you have all the details you might need. Please make sure that mention your voice part (and whether first or second) – don’t delay!
We offer special subscription rates for full time students and singers aged 25 and under – see our FAQs for details.
Our FAQ sheet includes all the essential details you need to know about singing with the choir – please Download our information sheet. There is more information on auditions below, but please get in touch if you have other questions about membership.
This is the feedback we received from one recent first-time visitor:
"I thought you might like to hear my reaction to the rehearsal I attended earlier this week. In a word, brilliant! It was so refreshing to see the whole choir listen and respond to the conductor throughout the rehearsal. I would like to apply for an audition".
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