how we started

Our choir has been through several exciting incarnations since we originally started in 2013 with Matt Beckingham at the helm and accompanied by James Keefe.

​Matt Beckingham

It was an initiative begun through the collaboration of the NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, (BSMHFT) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, (CBSO).

The CBSO was then supported by Perry Barr Arts Forum to work with the choir.

The choir is now a constituted voluntary group with it's own committee. 

​The choir have occasionally used our skills to build mutually beneficial relationships with people in the community such as university students wishing to research benefits of choirs. 



Handsworth Community Choir


Friday 12th July 2013 6.15pm Symphony Hall Community Choirs Concert - Handsworth Community Choir, SO Vocal, Wellbeing Community Choir

Sunday 22nd December 2013 6.15pm Symphony Hall SO Vocal and Handsworth Community Choir Concert

Saturday 19th March 2016 7pm St Mary's Church Handsworth Community Choir concert

Saturday 16th July 2016 7pm Town Hall Community Choir Showcase with Handsworth Community Choir, SO Vocal, CBSO Young Voices

Thursday 15th December 2016 7pm St Mary's Church Handsworth Community Choir Christmas Concert

Friday 24th February 2017 2pm Soho House Museum, Handsworth Community Choir at Fire Service Open Day

Wednesday 8th March 2017 5pm International Women's Day Concert organised by Near Neighbours Fund at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Edwardian Tea Rooms

Saturday 22nd July 2017 7.30pm with City of Birmingham Brass Band at Joseph Chamberlain College

Our constitution: