Worship and Music

As The Church of England cathedral church and a vibrant worshipping community, we serve the people and communities of the Diocese of Birmingham. Our worship is enhanced by Anglican Choral tradition, by our excellent professional Cathedral Choir of boys, girls and adults, singing five services each week in various formations during choir term times.

Christian worship is at the heart of the cathedral’s life as we offer to God our praises and prayers. Everyone is welcome to attend any our public services, as we rejoice in the diversity of the communities we serve and promote inclusion as widely as possible.

We usually mark the Principal Feasts and Principal Holy Days of the Church with a Choral Eucharist at 1945

This includes hosting services such as Ordinations; the Admission and Licensing of Readers; and schools’ services in partnership with the Diocesan Board of Education. We are very pleased to work with civic partners to mark significant, national, international and local occasions for the city and the diocese.

Some of our services are streamed online and may be available to watch back for up to 7 days after broadcast, depending on the service type.

Recent livestreams

Upcoming services

Morning Prayer

Choral Services

Everyone is welcome to attend our Choral Eucharist.

This service is our principal service on Sunday mornings during the choir term. It is a sung service of Holy Communion which includes choral music sung by the Cathedral Choir, Bible readings, a sermon, prayers, and hymns. Backpacks with activities for younger children are available during this service; please ask one of our wardens or welcomers for these at the front desk.

Find the Order of Service here:
Find the Sermon here:

Music for this service:
Missa O magnum mysterium (GS) - Victoria
Let the people praise thee O God - Mathias
Lift thine eyes - Mendelssohn

#ChoralEucharist
...

Choral Evensong is sung by the Cathedral Choir and uses traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer. During the choir term, Evensong is usually sung four times a week. We use a shorter form on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; the full service on Fridays; and a full service with hymns and a sermon on Sundays. It is a lovely opportunity to reflect and pray as the day turns to evening, and everyone is welcome.

Music for this service:
...

Compline (online only)

Light a candle at home for Compline - Friday 27 January


Useful information


Our cathedral choir

The Choir’s repertoire ranges from Palestrina, through Bach, Mozart and the great 19th and 20th century Anglican church composers to modern pieces commissioned by the Choir.

We occasionally also have vacancies for adult student or professional singers, including for soprano choral scholars and female altos. Please get in touch to discuss these opportunities further.

Our choristers come from many different schools and their diversity reflects the diversity of the city. The Choir gives regular concerts in the Cathedral, in parish churches in our diocese and further afield. Singing with a Cathedral Choir offers children a unique musical and educational opportunity and some of our choristers have become leading figures in professional music, art, the media and many other fields. We recruit boys into the Cathedral Choir from Year 3 and girls from Year 5.

Find out more about our children’s choirs below.