With love from Brum

Friday 31 March, 7pm

Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QG

Brummies and honorary Brummies unite for our next concert on Friday 31st March!

There’s no single musical identity associated with Birmingham – there are many. A collision of styles and social and cultural influence here gave birth to genres as diverse as heavy metal, Brum beat and grime. 

In this concert, we celebrate the diversity of the city’s music, with songs from ELO, Jamelia, Duran Duran, John Joubert and the Fine Young Cannibals to name a few – all performed in the beautiful surroundings of Highbury Hall, the former home of one of Birmingham’s founding fathers, Joseph Chamberlain. 

Doors open at 7pm, tickets are £12 (£10 concession) and are available online:

Mass In Blue

Notorious is excited to present a jazz extravaganza in December featuring Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, conducted by Clare Edwards. Mass in Blue combines Todd’s two passions – jazz and church music – and is an upbeat jazz setting of the Latin Mass text for soprano, choir and jazz quartet. If you’ve never tapped your foot to the Latin Mass then you will on 3rd December! We are thrilled to be joined by soprano soloist Gabriella Liandu and the David Austin Grey Quartet, who will also perform their own set of jazz numbers.
The concert takes place at CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 premium (£15 concessions) and £15 standard (£12 concessions), and are available here:

Retro Hits!

On Sunday 3rd April, join us in The British Oak‘s garden marquee to hear our notorious Radio Hits! Some of the ‘golden oldies’ from our first months and years of notorious 25 years ago!

No need to book tickets – come on down from 1pm to get a table inside the marquee!  The Original Patty Men are in residence serving their yummy burgers at The British Oak too.

See you there!


In The Mood

Join Notorious, Birmingham’s choir with a difference, for a night of classic jazz numbers. From passionate love songs to flirtatious melodies; songs to uplift the mood to those which inspire the memories of a lost romance.

Get ‘In The Mood’ as notorious sings love songs from the 1930’s Age Of Romance including Cole Porter’s ‘Night and Day’, Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and the iconic ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow sung by Judy Garland, plus many others to make this a night to remember.

Find out more here


Tickets on sale for our very special literary-themed concert at the historical @birminghamandmidlandinstitute. Featuring songs with lyrics by great poets and inspiring authors, plus special guest @mattwindlepoet, Birmingham’s former Poet Laureate and master of the spoken word!

Tickets at:

Four Seasons In One Day

Join notorious at the start of the Great British Summertime for a musical journey through all ‘Four seasons in one day’ in an English pub garden.

Featuring songs about the weather from around the world, including ‘Tres Cantos Nativos’ from the depths of the Amazonian rainforest to French memories of ‘Autumn Leaves’.

Bring family and friends along, safe in the knowledge that if the weather does decide to give us ‘Rain, rain, beautiful rain’ we won’t be ‘Singing in the rain’ thanks to the fantastic covered beer garden at the Spotted Dog!

This is a free, unticketed event – please just turn up on the day! Children welcome.


notorious performs Carmina Burana

Notorious present their take on this classic set of poems topics, as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the today: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling, and lust.

Conductor: Clare Edwards

Phillippa Lay – Soprano
Matthew Minter – Tenor
Paul Arthur – Baritone

Edward Leung
Stephen Webster

Featuring the Notorious Children’s Choir

Tickets available now!

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Saturday 8th December, 7.30 pm

Celebrate Christmas with notorious in the atmospheric setting of St Paul’s Church, and commemorate a special anniversary – 100 years since the end of WW1.

The choir will be joined by special guest Matt Windle, Birmingham’s poet Laureate, to perform a selection of uplifting and reflective music and poetry. We’ll also be look towards Christmas with festive music (and a glass of mulled wine!).

It will be your chance to hear ‘FourTunes of War’ written by Ian Chapman especially for the choir. The compositions were inspired by memories of war recalled by members of the local Birmingham community who feature in video interviews shown during the performance. You’ll hear tales of Coventry bombing raids, telegraphy training, music to keep morale up and family Christmas celebrations. The concert will also include songs of peace and ‘Lest We Forget’ by Ron Dawson.

We’ll also boost your festive spirits with a selection of Christmas music from 100 years ago to the present day… featuring jingle bells and kazoos. It will be a real notorious mix!

Mulled wine available to purchase in the interval.

8 December 2018 7.30pm

St Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, B3 1QZ

Tickets available from the ticket sellers here!

Award-winning Musical Director takes notorious choir to another dimension

Birmingham’s choir with a difference, notorious, is back for their first gig since celebrating their 20th anniversary in style at the Town Hall in November. Musical Director Clare Edwards, who was awarded the Lady Hilary Groves Prize 2017 for outstanding contribution to music in the community, will be conducting the choir on an intergalactic odyssey at the Electric Cinema on 24th March.

The non-audition choir, who wowed a 500-strong audience with a classical repertoire last time, will be taking on classics from the world of Sci Fi. From Bach to Bjork and Carpenters to Chopin the audience will be transported on a spectacular musical journey as the choir perform tunes from films and TV, inspired by space and the future.

Instead of an orchestra, this time notorious will be accompanied by theremin player Ms Hypnotique, Beatboxer Pye and keyboard player Stephen Webster. With the concert taking place in such a prestigious cinema, there will of course be visuals throughout to transport the audience even deeper into space.

The choir was launched in 1997 with an artistic vision to be different and having performed in venues as varied as a cathedral a cave and a coffin factory they have certainly achieved that. Now they want to take the audience into another dimension.

Musical Director Clare Edwards explains why she was inspired to take on this theme: “Notorious has a really wide ranging membership but one thing we all have a love of is Sci Fi! Everyone has a story or a memory from their favourite Sci Fi film and the music is just as evocative. We are delighted to be joined by Ms Hypnotique on Theramin and Pye our beatboxer to bring these tunes to life. We’ve done a lot of crazy things in 20 years but this gig is a step into the unknown – come with us!

There will be two performances of the choir’s stellar programme on March 24th; at 3:30pm and 6:30pm and tickets are available on the Electric Cinema’s website: