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University of Birmingham Voices were pleased to perform this month with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conductor, John Wilson, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in a performance of William Walton’s monumental work, Belshazzar’s Feast.

Group photo in the Bramall

The performance featured a number of international soloists alongside Wilson – including Bozidar Emiljanic, James Ehnes, who played the Barber Violin Concerto, as well as the orchestras own choir, CBSO Chorus, to complete the 300 strong massed group.

Prepared by Chorus Master, Julian Wilkins, University of Birmingham Voices performed in the concert at the personal re-invitation of John Wilson, following their critically acclaimed performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard in spring 2017, as well as a gala concert of the music of Leonard Bernstein in January 2018. Rehearsed following the completion of the spring term, the performance engaged students across a range of colleges and schools from the University campus.

Choirs are an important part of University Music in Birmingham, and offer unrivalled opportunities for young singers at any university in the UK. For more information, or if you would like to find out more about choirs at University of Birmingham, please contact Gavin Allsop (

Rehearsal underway in the Dome Room