Birmingham Bach Choir return to St. Alban's Church, Birmingham, on Sunday 18 December for a traditional Christmas service, Nine Lessons And Carols.

The popular afternoon service, which is free, features a series of Bible readings with seasonal music performed by the choir, interspersed with congregational carols.


Among the many pieces the choir will sing are Lauridsen’s wonderful O Magnum Mysterium and magical music by Avo Part and Howells, while popular carols include O Come All ye Faithful, Once In Royal David's City, and Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

Situated in Highgate, close to Birmingham city centre, St. Alban's Church was built in the late-19th century to cater for the city's rapidly expanding inner city population. An impressive Grade II* listed Gothic Revival church, it boasts many fine features, including stunning ornamental screens by Kate and Myra Bunce - one of the city's hidden art gems, and created by siblings strongly associated with the Arts and Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite movements.

Philip Bellshaw, Chair of Birmingham Bach Choir, said: "We are looking forward to this joyous occasion. Due to Covid we have not been able to hold this service since 2019, so it will be especially moving to once again join with everyone in St Alban's."

The service follows a packed performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio at Lichfield Cathedral in November to mark Paul Spicer's 30th anniversary as the choir conductor.

Join Birmingham Bach Choir for Nine Lessons And Carols on Sunday 18 December 2022 at St Alban’s Church, Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham B12 0YH at 3.30pm. Admission is free (with a collection during the service). No tickets or prior booking required.