Ex Cathedra has announced it will perform to a live audience in Birmingham for the first time in 16 months when it presents a programme of choral music at Symphony Hall on Sunday 23 May.

Birmingham's world-class choir will present Into A World Unknown - a programme of choral music to soothe the soul and celebrate a return to live music. In a typically varied programme, there will be a nod to the recent anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage with a short trip to the New World and some Latin American favourites, and glorious music from the British Isles that inspires us as we begin our journey to better times.

Of the announcement, Ex Cathedra founder and artistic director, Jeffrey Skidmore, said: We can’t wait to welcome audiences back. It feels fitting to return with a concert that creates space to reflect on the world as we find it now and inspires us to build a better future.”

Appropriate safety measures will be in place in line with the government’s roadmap. These will include distancing between booker groups, and enhanced cleaning and ventilation.

Into a World Unknown will be recorded, so those unable to secure a ticket or attend in person will be able to purchase a ticket to watch the concert online at the Idagio Global Concert Hall from 6 June. Ticketholders for the live concert will receive an access code to watch online.

Ex Cathedra has also announced tickets for an online performance of Bach's St John Passion, to be recorded at Symphony Hall and available from the Idagio Global Concert Hall from Sunday 9 May at 4pm. This performance recreates elements of the Good Friday liturgy as Bach knew it, including the Jacob Handl motet Bach performed. There is a stunning motet commissioned from Alec Roth, chorale preludes and organ improvisations. Audiences are invited to join in from home with the hymns. The role of the Evangelist will be sung by Bradley Smith, Jesus by Themba Mvula and Pilate by Lawrence White.

Ex Cathedra is soon to announce details of further concerts in June and July, including in Hereford, Leamington Spa, London and Wolverhampton.

These concerts are possible thanks to support from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, and Ex Cathedra is also grateful to the Continuo Foundation for its support of the Bach St John Passion concert.

Tickets for Bach’s St John Passion are available now, while tickets for Into a world Unknown go on general sale at 10am, Friday 30 April. Priority booking for donors is on Thursday 29 April.

For further information, visit: excathedra.co.uk