We can provide a concert to raise money for your charity!

Icknield Male Voice Choir is Birmingham's oldest Choir having been formed in 1900. It is currently under the baton of Steve Roche and has performed at many venues around the Midlands and in Malta, Ireland and the USA. The 2020 Annual cocert was held in Symphony Hall in Birmingham, we have many other concerts during the year - mostly in aid of local charities.


IF YOU ARE MALE AND LIVE IN THE BIRMINGHAM AREA WHY NOT COME AND JOIN US ? We rehearse near to the city centre, on tuesday evenings, at the Grimshaw room. The Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir sing many different styles of music from popular songs to opera, and of course some of the old favourites &"evergreens", so there is usually something for everyone to enjoy at our concerts. our aim is entertainment for all ! it isn't all hard work, we also have regular social events.

Outlines of the history of the Icknield Male Voice Choir


Towards the end of the 19th century Quakers, such as Cadbury, found the Early Morning Adult Schools, offering the opportunity for adults to acquire that education missed when they were younger. Following the success of this movement further activities were included - painting, leatherwork and music. Icknield Street School was part of this movement and in the early 1900 formed a Male Choir calling themselves "Icknield Street Early Morning Adult School Male Voice Choir". This choir performed many concerts within the Hockley area.

1910 saw the setting up of the Adult School Union Musical Festival with Cadburys furnishing a large Challenge Shield for the Male Voice Choir Competition. Under the expert guidence of conductor Mr. F. Norton the choir won their first of many trophies.


At the outbreak of the 1st World War the choirs activities were suspended, reforming again during 1919/20. A local businessman Mr. Albert Lancaster, took up to baton, and by the end of 1921 the choir were performing 30 -40 concerts a year with their accustomed high standard and extensive repertoire. During this time there was little Sunday entertainment, Cinemas were not allowed to open unless for charity. The Sunday Observance Society would arrange concert, and the Choir were to be heard at many of the local Cinemas and Theatre Palaces on Sunday evenings. The Choir regularly entertained the inmates at Winson Green Prison who were a very apppreciative (if captive) audience. The Choir under Albert Lancaster entered many Musical Festivals winning many competitions, until at the age of 65 Mr. Lancaster had to retire. The Choir had anticipated this and had been grooming Mr. Harold Winters to pick up the baton.


Thus the Choir continued, winning more trophies until the outbreak of the 2nd World War. During this time small groups would continue to perform concerts. At the end of hostilities the Choir re-assembled and were happy to be singing once again. They resumed their former greatness with successes at Tamworth, Bournville and Leamington Festivals to name but a few. Their highlight was being asked to perform a concert in Wales (Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire). Sadly Harold Winters died shortly before this event but his inspiration lived on, the Choir did not let him down.


Due to the changes in Education Departments and Adult Evening Classes the Choir had many homes over the next few years.

In the late 50's the Choir changed its name to The Icknield Male Voice Choir, still keeping their contacts with their roots. This time saw the arrival of both Les Beech and Michael Adams as conductors.

Following further changes in the Evening Institutes and ever increasing fees the Choir were on the move again, ending up at Elmwood Church, Hamstead Hill, until 2001, when another move brought them to the Grimshaw Room near Birmingham City Centre. A few notable performances more recently have included CHOIR OF THE WORLD at musée d'orsay in 1992 & 1993, a tour of ATLANTA in 1994, and a visit to Ilfracoombe in 2000

There have been many changes over the years, conductors,members etc, but one thing lives on from those early days - the love of making beautiful music.

This thriving, lively and friendly group still carry on those strong traditions under the expert baton of Steve Roche and ably accompanied by David Rosser.

Members of the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir.

First Tenors

Second Tenors

First Basses

Second Basses


Support for local charities is one of the reasons for our existence. Over the years we have helped raise thousands of pounds for local charities, either by performing concerts which the charities charge for, or by direct contributions from our own concerts and funds, Some of which include,

Recent Successes The recent concert at St. Mary's Church Pype Hayes, in aid of John Taylor Hospice raised over £1000 and ED Doolan praised the performance on Radio WM.

March 14thPerry Hall Methodist Church,    Rocky Lane Perry Barr.
Sat. March 21st.Cancelled
Sat April 4thUnited Reform Church, Pype Hayes
Sat April 25th 6pmSt. George’s Day Concert, Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Sat  May 16thCommunity Centre Boldmere
Sat June 6thSt. Annes Catholic Church, Bridle Lane, Streetly
Wed. June 10thWalsall Town Hall, with Shelfield & Tamworth MVC's
Sat. June 20thEAMVC, Lichfield Cathedral
Sat July 4thSt. Andrews Church, Handsworth Wood.
Sat. July 18thSt. Marys Church, Pype Hayes, 7.30 pm. (for Kidney Kids appeal)
Sat Sept.5thWilde Green United Reform Church, (for Leonard Cheshire) 7.30pm
Sat Sept.12thSt. Martin’s Church Bullring Concert,  Birmingham  (part of ARTS FEST Weekend)
Sat Sept 26thB A R R A  Service, St. Martins. Bull Ring Birmingham. 11.00 A.M.
Sat Oct 10thAnnual Concert, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire. 7:00 pm
Sat Nov 14thEdward Campion School
Sat. Nov.28thTrinity Methodist Church, Church Road, Netherton 7.30pm
Sat. Jan 26thPrivate Function, Holy Name Great Barr.
Sat March 8thBethel Convention Centre, Kelvin Way, West Bromwich.
Sat. April 5thEarlswood Methodist Church.
Sat. April 26thSt. George's Day Concert, Symphony Hall, 6pm - 9pm
Sat. May 17thAston Parish Church 7.30 pm.
Sat. June14thBeeches Evangelical Church 7.30 pm.
Sat. June 28thEAMVC Concert. Birmingham Town Hall, 7.00 pm.
Sat. July 5th.Solihull Parish Church, ( Wedding )
Sat. July 19thSt. Marys Church, Pype Hayes, 7.30 pm.
Sat Sept.13thSt. Nicholas Church Kings Norton, 7.30 pm
Sat Sept 27thB A R R A  Service, St. Martins. Bull Ring Birmingham. 11.00 A.M.
Sat Oct 11thAnnual Concert, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire. 7:00 pm
Oct 15th to 22ndConcerts in Ireland
Sun Nov.22ndWarley Men in Concert, West Bromwich Town Hall. 7.00 pm.
Sat. Dec. 13thSt. Chads Cathedral, Birmingham, FLAVOURS OF CHRISTMAS 7.30 pm.
Sat April 21stSt. George's Day Concert Symphony Hall 12 noon.
Sat April 28thPrivate function,.Wedding 2:30 PM
June 16thConcert for St. Annes Streetly Bridle Lane Streetly. 7:30pm
June 30th 2007EAMVC Concert, Tewkesbury Cathedral. Evening
July 14thJohn Taylor Hospice St. Mary's Church Pype Hayes. 7:30
Sept 1stSt. Andrews Church, Handsworth Wood
Sept 15thKings Community Baptist Church Oldbury 7:30. pm
Sat. Oct 6thB A R R A  Service, St. Martins. Bull Ring Birmingham. 11.00 A.M.
Sat Oct 13thAnnual Concert, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire. 7:00 pm
Sun Nov.11thRememberance Day Parade. Birmingham Centenary Square.
Mon. Nov. 12thJoint Concert with White Russian Band, Walsall Town Hall, 8:00 pm
Dec. 1stDelves Baptist Community Church, Walsall. 8.00 pm.
Dec.22ndLimberlost Club, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham.
Monday 20th MarchDrayton Manor - Private function
Sat April 8thColeshill United Church - 7.30pm.
Sunday April 23rdSt. George's Day Celebration - Symphony Hall 5.00pm
Sat May 6thSt Annes Catholic Church, Bridal Lane, Streetly
Sat June 3rdSt. Pauls, Hockley 7:30. with Bravura for Key Hill Cemetry
Sat June 17thEnglish Association MVC. Birmingham University Great Hall. Tickets £8.50
Sat July 1stAston Parish Church with Lesley Delo. In aid of Pancreatic Cancer
Sat July 8thHatherton Church Walsall 125th Anniversary
Sat. September 16thKings Community Baptist Church Oldbury
Sat. October 14thAutumn Concert, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham City Centre, 7.00pm
Thurs. December 15thLittle Aston BUPA Home (Private Carol Concert.)
Thurs.Dec 1st.Drayton Manor (Private function)
Wed. November 23rd.Walsall Town Hall with Shelfeild and Cannock Chase M.V.Choirs
Wed. November 23rd.Walsall Town Hall with Shelfeild and Cannock Chase M.V.Choirs
Sun. November13thRemembrance Parade Centenary Square
Sat. November 5thNorman Leaker Centre. Hall Green. 3 - 5pm
Sat. October 22ndAdrian Boult Hall. Autumn Concert 7pm
Sat. October 15thHundreds in Harmony 3.Symphony Hall
Sat. July 9thElmwood Church. Handsworth Wood. 7:30
Sat. June 18th.Tewkesbury Abbey English Association MVC
Sat. March 19thFantabulous Concert NIA, Rotary Organisation 100 years: 1000 voices.
Sat. April 23rdSymphony Hall. St. George's Day Concert 11:30 am
Sat. May 14thCurdworth Church 7:30
Fri. May 20thPurdue Choir, America, and Second City Sound Ladies Barber Shop choir.7:30. Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.
Sat. June 4thThe Paddock Club, Handsworth Wood
Sun 14th. NovemberRememberance parade, Centenary Sq. B'ham
Sat. 16th. OctoberAnnual Concert, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham
Sat. September 18th.United Reform Church, 7.30pm
Sat JulySt. Chads Cathedral
Sat. 26th JuneRotary Club, Perry Barr
Mon. 21st JuneSymphony Hall, Friends of Birmingham Concert.
Sat. 15th MayLongbridge Methodist Church
Sat. 8th MayCurdworth, St Nicholas's Church
Fri. 23rd. AprilSymphony Hall, Birmingham. St.Georges Day Concert. 12 - 2pm
Sat. 20th. MarchSt.Johns, Ladywood
Sat. 6th MarchCentral Hall, Coventry
Sat.February 14thSt Mathews, Great Barr