Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought-after baritones of his generation. He performs in all the major UK opera houses and in concerts with many of the leading orchestras in the world. He is also an accomplished recital artist. June 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to music  and became a patron of Birmingham Bach Choir in April 2019.

Photo © Benjamin Ealovega

Emma Kirkby

Dame Emma Kirkby is one of the world's most renowned early music specialists. She was a classics student at Oxford and an English teacher before developing a career as a soloist. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Photo © David Kornfeld

Brian Kay

Brian Kay divides his working life between the broadcasting studio and the concert platform, singing and conducting. He presents over 100 radio programmes each year, including Brian Kay's Light Programme on BBC Radio 3, and Radio 2's long-running series, Friday Night is Music Night.

Neil Mackie

Professor Neil Mackie is a distinguished Scottish tenor. He is currently Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal College of Music and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School.

Past Patrons

John Joubert (1927 - 2019).  Music academic, composer of over 160 works and good friend to the choir.


Prof Georg Christoph Biller (d.2022) baritone, academic teacher, composer, Thomaskantor in Leipzig, and a good friend to the Choir.



The Birmingham Bach Choir gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The John Feeney Charitable Trust and Arts Council West Midlands.


We have also received grants from:

The Grimmit Trust

The Owen Family Trust

The Roughley Charitable Trust

The Saintbury Trust

The S and D Lloyd Charity

The Josephine Baker Trust

The Performing Rights Society

and The Holst Foundation.

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