CBSO Children's Chorus

Do you know a stellar singer aged 8-13? Discover the exciting opportunities for young singers in the CBSO Children's Chorus.

The talented young musicians in our Children's Chorus work alongside a leading professional orchestra and world-class conductors. We perform together in one of the best concert halls in the world, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall as well as across the country in venues like the Royal Albert Hall!

The CBSO Children’s Chorus rehearses from 5:30-6:45pm every Monday evening during term time with conductor Julian Wilkins. Through their rehearsals, members of the CBSO Children’s Chorus grow in confidence, develop as musicians and singers, and learn important performance skills, all while making lifelong, like-minded friends!

Upcoming Open Rehearsal

Monday 24 June, 17:30 – 18:45

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

No booking needed, just turn up!

Photograph of the Children's Chorus rehearsing at CBSO Centre.
Photograph of a child rehearsing in the Children's Chorus.
Photograph of children rehearsing at CBSO Centre.

How to Join

Sign up for a friendly 10-minute vocal check which will involve:

  • Singing a song of your choice from memory
  • taking part in some musical ear tests

This quick check will help us determine which voice part your child is best suited to, and helps us to get to know their musical abilities better.

Membership Fees

There is an annual membership fee of £110.

Thanks to support from the Leverhulme Trust, bursaries are available to ensure that anyone can join the Children's Chorus, regardless of financial background. Contact Alex Parker at for more information.

Extra Benefits

Each child also has the chance to learn how to use their voice and understand vocal techniques through one-to-one coaching sessions. They'll also take part in weekly music theory classes where they can develop their music reading and aural skills.

Meet the Children's Chorus Team

  1. Headshot of Alex Parker

    Alex Parker

    Acting Chorus Manager
  2. Headshot of Louise Madden

    Louise Madden

    Chorus Officer
  3. Headshot of Julian Wilkins

    Julian Wilkins

    Conductor of CBSO Youth Chorus / Associate Chorus Director of CBSO Chorus
  4. Headshot: Simon Halsey

    Simon Halsey CBE

    Chorus Director
  5. Headshot: Tom Spurgin

    Tom Spurgin

    Director of Learning & Engagement
Headshot of Louise Madden

Find out more...

If you'd like to find out more about the CBSO Youth Chorus please contact Louise Madden by email on, or by telephone on 0121 616 6508.

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