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Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin

Performances Birmingham 
Community Spirit 2020

Community Spirit is a project run by Town Hall Symphony Hall in partnership with THSH Associate Artists, Black Voices.  The project offers local community choirs the opportunity to share repertoire and perform as a collective in a large-scale concert in Symphony Hall.


All community choirs are welcome to take part in this event and all choral music genres from classical, pop, rock, gospel, folk, reggae and barbershop are encouraged. Last year saw over 350 Community Spirit singers entertaining an audience of more than 1,100 people.  THSH is delighted to offer participating community choirs the opportunity to perform on Symphony Hall’s stage.
This year Community Spirit will be celebrating 10 years as a choral music festival, so the theme will a retrospective focus on popular Community Spirit Songs performed over the last ten years, along with new works as in celebration of entering a new decade.

This year’s concert will take place at Symphony Hall on Sunday 21 June 2020.


The project has benefits for all involved, whether they are choir members themselves or supporting friends or relatives who are participating.
Community Spirit hopes to achieve and provide the following positive impact for all beneficiaries:
For choir members:
  • Improved well-being and associated health benefits
  • Pride in their choir and in performing at Symphony Hall
  • Joy and shared purpose in celebrating the power of singing together
  • Opportunity for progression in further years to progress and lead their own choirs


For choir leaders:
  • Enhanced skills in leading their choir and massed choirs, supported by other choir leaders and professionals
  • Increased confidence in their own abilities
  • Wider exposure to a varied range of repertoire and musical styles
  • Opportunities to try new things and to be supported by other choirs through that process
  • Opportunity to create new work and endorse the Community Spirit programme as leader of an Associate Community Choir

For non-performing or entry-level choir members:
  • Supportive route into Community Spirit and to performing in front of an audience
  • Free tickets to the main concert, enabling observation of other choirs’ and leaders’ practices

For audience members:
  • The opportunity to visit Symphony Hall each year for a wonderful evening of song while supporting their choirs and discovering new musical repertoire
  • The opportunity to see family members and friends perform at Symphony Hall and to support a community-centred project

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