Community Spirit is a project run by B:Music in partnership with our Associate Artists, Black Voices. The project offers local community choirs the opportunity to share repertoire and perform as a collective in a large-scale concert in Symphony Hall.
All community choirs are welcome to take part in this annual event and we encourage all choral music genres from classical, pop, rock, gospel, folk, reggae and barbershop.
Are you part of a Community choir in or around Birmingham?
We want you and your choir to be part of our most ambitious Community Spirit ever! In addition to sharing repertoire, we'll also be performing a brand-new commission for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as a collective in a large-scale concert in Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue.
This year’s concert will take place at Symphony Hall on Sunday 10 July 2022.
What will members of the choir gain?
- Joy and shared purpose in celebrating the power of singing together
- Improved well-being and associated health benefits
- Pride in their choir and in performing at Symphony Hall
What will choir leaders learn?
- Enhanced skills in leading their choir and massed choirs, supported by other choir leaders and professionals
- Increased confidence in their own abilities
- Wider exposure to a varied range of repertoire and musical styles
- Opportunities to try new things and to be supported by other choirs through that process
What is the commitment?
- One rehearsal per month at Symphony Hall between January 2022 and June 2022
- One dress rehearsal at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue in July 2022
- One performance at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue on Sunday 10 July 2022
If you’d like to nominate your choir, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 22 December:
- the name of your choir
- the number of members in your choir
- the location of your choir
- If possible, a link to a video of your choir performing
In 2019, over 350 Community Spirit singers entertained a live audience at Symphony Hall.
Through the pandemic, over 200 people took part in online workshops in a dedicated virtual space where our choral singers could connect through warm-ups, learn new songs and perform together from the safety of their own homes.
During lockdown Community Spirit held monthly Zoom sessions with different choral leaders. What a boost to join in learning a new piece and connecting with members of different choirs. It was such a positive experience and really helped us get through the isolation. That sums up what Community Spirit means to us - connecting and enjoying singing together in whatever way we can.
Anne & Phil Mapley, Lichfield Gospel Choir