As part of the national massed youth chorus – BBC Proms Youth Choir – singers from the university will return to the BBC Proms this summer to perform at the opening night of the world’s largest music festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

University of Birmingham Singers at BBC Proms with BBC Proms Youth Choir

University of Birmingham Voices at BBC Proms with BBC Proms Youth Choir

University of Birmingham Voices are one of the foremost ensembles at the university and are led by Professor Simon Halsey, Director of Choral Studies, and Julian Wilkins, University Chorus Director. Invited to return to the massed ensemble for a fourth time, their fellow singers this year will be the CBSO Youth Chorus, BBC Proms Youth Choir Academy, and the BBC Symphony Chorus. Together they will be led by internationally-renowned conductor Edward Gardner and will perform John Adams’s monumental Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Professor Simon Halsey said: ‘I am delighted that singers from the university will form the core of this exciting ensemble for a fourth time. This year over 300 students engaged with singing at Birmingham on a weekly basis – not only giving numerous performances across campus and in the city, but with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall to rave reviews. Our re-invitation to BBC Proms Youth Choir is testament to the quality of our choral department at Birmingham.’

The event is taking place on Friday 14 July 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall at 19:30 and will be broadcast live on BBC television. Further information is available on the BBC Proms website.

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