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Professor Simon Halsey conducting in the Bramall Music Building
Professor Simon Halsey conducting in the Bramall Music Building

On Saturday 10 June 2023, choral conductors, singers, and staff past and present will come together in the Elgar Concert Hall for a singalong day on Handel’s much-loved oratorio, Messiah. The MA Music: Choral Conducting programme was started by Professor Simon Halsey in September 2012.

Open to current and alumni students alike, the day will celebrate the unique place of the University in the pre-professional singing world and provide an opportunity for students and staff to reunite and reflect on over a decade of world-class singing; which has included world premieres, performances in collaboration with professional orchestras, multiple visits to the BBC Proms, and – most recently – a debut recording.

For more information on how to get involved, please visit our website, or write directly to to secure your place.

University Music provides the University of Birmingham with one of the liveliest music-making scenes of any campus. With around 1500 positions available in our 35-plus ensembles, members participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal groups, across a range of abilities and styles. University Music is open to students, staff, and the local community, and provides participants with opportunities for professional coaching, exceptional concerts, as well as the chance to apply for yearly scholarships.