B:Music presents a varied programme of learning, talent development and community engagement projects that positively impacts almost 20,000 young people and adults each year.
Community Spirit is B:Music’s annual mass singing programme run in partnership with the UK’s leading black acapella group, Black Voices.
Singing together improves well-being, inspires confidence and reduces isolation, while performing to an audience can also encourage a sense of personal worth.
Each year, over 350 individuals from up to 15 choirs take part in this inclusive initiative that welcomes the participation of singers of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and needs.
Families Together at Christmas
Getting together as a family at Christmas can be difficult for those who have to care for loved ones, which is why B:Music work with Midland Mencap to present a relaxed concert at Town Hall for all of the family, every year.
Over 2,000 people attend our Christmas concert and other relaxed performances throughout the year.
I just wanted to say a huge “well done” for yesterday’s Families Together at Christmas event. It gets better every year. Thank you!
John Brettle - father of Shane, a Halas Homes Sing & Sign Choir member
As a registered charity, we rely on your generous donations to enable us to immerse thousands of people in a world of music.
If you've visited our venues to see one of your favourite artists, if we've introduced you to music you've never heard of before, or if you believe in music's ability to make a difference to the lives of others, please consider supporting B:Music today.
Now is Not The Time for Silence
B:Music turned up the volume on Black Birmingham artists, who were invited to compose musical responses on the theme of racism, individual and systemic.
The performances were streamed during the pandemic and a live performance took place during our re-opening weekend.
I did a show in Digbeth, and when I played that song live the reaction was pin-drop silence. It was crazy. I’ve received a lot of feedback from people saying I need to get the song recorded, which is what I’ve done: it’s going on my debut EP.
Namywa, Birmingham artist
We are committed to improving the life chances of children growing up in Ladywood. Working with top-quality partners, we ensure opportunities to learn and make music are prominent throughout Ladywood.
We have immersed 13,000 young people and their families in a world of music to support life skills, self-confidence, and well-being.
We've helped to boost Ladywood residents' self-confidence and life skills, and enabled them to feel proud of being part of their communities.
While our iconic venues were closed as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, B:Music were committed to bringing live music to the people of Birmingham and beyond.
Our streams on Facebook and YouTube were viewed over 650,000 times and provided paid gigs for artists throughout the pandemic.
Town Hall Reggae Choir
Participants were offered 11 weeks of workshops and rehearsals to learn classic reggae songs with Black Voice's Carol Pemberton MBE and Celia Wickham-Anderson, ahead of making their debut performance with Gary Crosby’s sensational Jazz Jamaica All Stars and special guests Brinsley Forde, Noel McKoy and rising vocal stars Dem 3.
They also performed at the finale of Jazz Jamaica’s Trojan Records Story performance.
Town Hall Gospel Choir
In 2007 Town Hall and Symphony Hall recruited singers from Birmingham’s gospel communities to form a choir to participate in the re-opening concert of the newly refurbished Town Hall.
The choir went on to win the first ever Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year, the 30-strong choir were declared the winners of the prestigious title, after beating five church and community choirs from across the UK to the post in a closely contested final.
Success for the city singers was even sweeter as both broadcasts of the two episodes were filmed at Town Hall, a building with a great choral tradition.