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ChoirMaker is from the makers of the successful Singing Schools project “Singing Playgrounds” which for years has been establishing a culture of singing play in primary schools through training student-lead Song Leaders. ChoirMaker now brings the next stage vocal development to secondary school, with a suite of online resource and specially curated repertoire to establish a year 7 choir. Like Singing Playgrounds, ChoirMaker is currently free to Birmingham state schools thanks to collaboration with BMEP.

Choirmaker will be at Symphony Hall on Thu 15 December for a Spark Event to get Year 7s excited about starting a choir and learning a new repertoire.

Places are free to Birmingham state secondary schools thanks to the partnership with BMEP and B:Music.

If any teachers are interested in their Year 7 students participating, please find out more information about ChoirMaker here and sign up by contacting

Ahead of the Spark Event, Ex Cathedra will be performing at Symphony Hall with Bach's Christmas Oratorio on Sun 4 Dec at 4pm.

From the exuberance of the opening chorus - underscored with pulsating energy from the trumpets, drums and richly scored orchestra – to exquisite arias and chorales, Bach’s uplifting masterpiece tells the Christmas story with music of great joy and beauty.

Associate Artists Ex Cathedra are internationally-acclaimed for their performances of music from the Baroque. This concert, performed with ‘period instruments’ as they were known during Bach’s lifetime, promises to be a very special occasion, and the ideal way to start your Christmas season.

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