Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Our Summer Concert - New Beginnings

What a joy this concert was, for the audience and the choir!

City of Wolverhampton Choir invites you to join us for our annual informal summer concert.  We are celebrating our new beginnings with our new musical director, Bradley Thornborough-Barlow.  We'll be presenting a super mix of songs familiar and new, spiced up with contributions from our special guest soloists.

Join us in this comfortable venue, which is our usual rehearsal space.  Although it's a church, this isn't a religious concert as such and we will be singing a wide range of material, some secular and some spiritual.
As ever, everyone is welcome for this musical evening, and we'll be providing refreshments.  Families with children and those new to choral music are especially welcome.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Verdi Requiem

Our next concert is the Verdi Requiem at St John's in the Square, Wolverhampton on 13th April 2019 in collaboration with The Wombourne and District Choral Society who are celebrating their 90th year this year.

Jennie Witton (Soprano)
Sarah Pring (Mezzo-soprano)
Justin Lavender (Tenor)
Adrian Clarke (Baritone)

Conductor Ian Clarke will be in charge of the performance which we expect to be of the highest standard.

Tickets are £15 (free for under 16s) and can be obtained from the box office 01902 744447 in advance or on the door on the night.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Kicking off our new season with rehearsals for a major concert

We hope all our members and regular audience have had a good summer.

We start our rehearsals on Monday 10 September, and new members will be very welcome. 

This season we are collaborating with Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, with a major performance of Faure's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  This concert will be held at Walsall Town Hall on 11th November, and will feature visiting choirs from France and Germany.

Following that we will be preparing our Christmas carol concert, a warm and traditional affair with mince pies, at Cranmer Methodist Church, on Monday 17th December. What better way to start the festive season!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Not long till the summer concert - with or without summer!

After a fantastic success with the St John Passion, we are shifting gear completely for our summer concert.

We are really excited to be teaming up with the Wolverhampton Community Brass Band for a joint concert at Beckminster Methodist Church on Saturday 9 June at 7.30 pm.

With everything from a bit of Mozart to Queen, the programme will be full of variety, light and shade.  Some old favourites and some new surprises, and a chance for a bit of community singing.
What's not to like?  A music-filled evening for all the family!

Tickets available from the church, from choir and band members, and eventbrite

Monday, 5 March 2018

Palm Sunday Concert - Bach's St John Passion, 25 March

Our Easter concert is a full-scale performance of Bach's monumental work "The Passion of Our Lord according to St John". This concert is on Palm Sunday, 25 March, in the Church of St John in the Square, WV2 4AT and starts at 7.30.

We are delighted that Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra is joining us for this concert, plus a group of excellent professional soloists.

Tickets (free for under 18s) are available at the door, from choir members, or online via

Don't miss this major musical event for Wolverhampton!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tenors needed!

Calling all tenors!

We need you for our Bach St John Passion Concert. If you are interested in joining us for our Palm Sunday (25 March) performance of this monumental work, you will be made very welcome at our Monday evening rehearsals at Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road.

Rehearsals are from 7.30 to 9.30.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, 5 January 2018

New Year, new concert!

After our successful 'Home for Christmas' concert, we are back together this coming Monday to start work in earnest on our next performance. This will be the monumental classic 'St John Passion' by Bach. This tells the story of the trial, suffering and death of Jesus through the words of St John's Gospel. With rich musical colouring, from the contrasting tones of the principal soloists, to the intricate sound patterns of the fugues, this is one of Bach's great masterpieces.

In the famous chorales, the choir sings from the perspective of the ordinary person witnessing the momentous events of Good Friday, while the soloists enact the words of the major characters, including Jesus, and St John as narrator. The whole work carries enormous emotional weight, and is a compelling musical experience for performers and audience alike. Whatever religion you follow, or none, this performance will move and inspire you.

We are delighted that the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra will join us for the concert, and in a break with tradition, we will be performing on a Sunday - Palm Sunday to be precise, which is fitting as this day marks the beginning of Jesus' ordeal that ended on the cross.

Sunday 25 March 2018, at 7,30 pm at the Church of St John in the Square, Wolverhampton.
Tickets available from eventbrite shortly, from members of the choir, or on the door.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Kicking off Christmas in song

Our 'Home for Christmas' concert was a great success yesterday evening, with a super audience and the choir in good voice. We sang a selection of favourite carols and songs, and raised the roof with 'Good King Wenceslas'. Thanks to everyone who came and shared the evening with us. We'd like to say a special thank you to our accompanist Bogdan Suciu, who is leaving us to take up other challenges in the New Year.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Home for Christmas - our seasonal concert

We'll be kicking off the festive season with a concert of favourite Christmas carols and songs, on Monday 18th December. We'll be singing in the warm and welcoming Cranmer Methodist Church on Newhampton Road West, WV6 0RS, and offering refreshments afterwards.

Why not get your Christmas off to a musical start with this varied and light performance - complete with audience participation! Something for all the family.

Book on eventbrite or pay at the door - just £2.50 for adults and children free.

Join us at Home for Christmas!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

You CAN sing! Come and sing with us.......

Do you ever think "I would love to sing in a choir, but my voice isn't good enough"?
Put that thought out of your head straight away.  You don't need a 'good' voice to sing in a choir. Every choir has its own sound that's made up of all the 60 or so voices singing together, so it's not necessary to be a good soloist, but to be a good listener.  And to be willing to use the voice you have!

City of Wolverhampton Choir is recruiting and we would love to welcome you to sing with us. We are a friendly lot.  It doesn't matter if you are not sure whether you are a bass, a tenor, an alto or a soprano. For the first few weeks of this term, with our musical director Koh Tian Yi, we're going to be doing lots of different activities to help find which voice we are most comfortable with. There may be one or two surprises along the way, even for people who have been singing for a while.

Also, it doesn't matter if you don't read music 'by sight'.  We are planning activities to help you learn how to find your way along a line of music. We can also point you to lots of web content that will help speed up your learning.

Why not come and give it a go? We meet on Monday evenings at the Cranmer Methodist Church in Newhampton Road West, WV6 0RS, from 7.30 to 9.30. There is plenty of parking and it's accessible for people with disabilities.  And don't worry, we meet in the church because it is a good place to rehearse. This is not a church choir, but a choir for the city.  We welcome everyone, whatever their religion or background.

We have two concerts planned for the months ahead. The first will be a winter concert in December with short seasonal songs.  The second will be a performance of the St John's Passion by Bach, in the spring. We will have several months to prepare for this so that we know it really well and can throw all our energies into giving a great performance.

Come and join us!  If you feel a bit shy or have any questions please drop us an email, or phone Kate on 07988191344.