Welcome

The Nottingham Bach Choir  was formed in 1954 and has been making a major contribution to the musical life of Nottingham since then. Most of our concerts are held in St Mary's Church, but we also perform regularly in Southwell Minster. There are approximately 110 members who  rehearse weekly under our inspirational  Director of Music, Paul Hale. We aim to give high quality performances which show sensitive and expressive interpretations of a wide range of choral music.

We are an auditioned choir rehearsing on Tuesdays at St John's Church, Carrington, and perform three concerts a year. We also perform a popular Christmas Concert each year at St. Peter's Church, Nottingham

Although the works of J.S. Bach are central to our repertoire, we regularly perform choral music ranging from the late Renaissance era to the modern day. Outstanding reviews are regularly received for our concerts, most recently for a performance of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Amongst our recent seasons, we celebrated 60 years with a magnificent performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Southwell Minster.

If you are interested in joining us or coming to our concerts, then explore our website for details of concerts, membership and workshops.

STOP PRESS: We are currently seeking Soprano I voices to join us, for further details click on the Join the Choir page.

Nottingham Bach Choir is a registered charity number 508139

 

VACANCY FOR NEW PIANO/ORGAN ACCOMPANIST

 A rare opportunity to work with one of Nottingham’s

most respected choral ensembles.

 Nottingham Bach Choir seeks a new rehearsal accompanist from September 2017

Nottingham Bach Choir is seeking a talented rehearsal accompanist to take over from our current accompanist, Roger Bryan, who is standing down after working with us for many years. The role offers the opportunity to help to prepare the choir for a stimulating repertoire of concerts, and the possibility of playing organ, piano or harpsichord in performances.

Nottingham Bach Choir is an auditioned choir of around 110 members, performing at public concerts to a high standard. The concert programme, featuring a major work of J.S.Bach each year, is drawn largely from the standard Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century choral repertoire, including regular opportunities to perform new or rarely-performed works. Rehearsals are accompanied by piano, whilst performances are supported by our orchestra.  The Choir was founded in 1954 by Sir David Lumsden, has had as its conductors Professors Ivor Keys, Denis Arnold, Robert Pascall and John Morehen, and for the last 27 years has been under the direction of Paul Hale, now Southwell Cathedral Organist Emeritus.

We rehearse on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the refurbished church of St John the Evangelist, Carrington, for around 36 weeks of the year in line with academic terms (sometimes half-term weeks are free). We usually perform four public concerts a year including a Christmas Carol Concert, most of them in our traditional home at St Mary’s in the Lace Market. Our Christmas concerts have, in recent years, been given at St Peter’s in the City centre, while performances of major works such as the St Matthew Passion are, on occasion, given at Southwell Minster.

The successful applicant will be an experienced pianist, with excellent sight and score reading ability, strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, enthusiasm and highly-developed musicianship.

Remunerations and fees are commensurate with experience and expertise, and guided by professional recommendations. An enhanced fee would be paid for taking a rehearsal in the absence of the Conductor. There will also be opportunities to perform in most concerts on organ, harpsichord or piano for a professional fee.

If you require further information contact our Secretary, Judy Fowkes, at  judyfowkes45@gmail.com or telephone 01522 389780

To access the form and job description, click on the relevant links below.

 Application form pdf        Application form word doc      Job description

Our next concert is:

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Saturday 17th June 2017    7.30pm

St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham

Emma Rae Ward  Mezzo soprano and Stephen Cooper  Bass

Mark Hacking  Cello and Simon Hogan  Organ

As the tragic events of World War I were unfolding, Parry composed his Songs of Farewell, a collection of six motets. Written for unaccompanied voices, it is considered to be one of the masterpieces of 20th century choral composition. The recurring theme is that of the temporary nature of life and the redeeming power of faith.

 

Duruflé’s greatest influences as a composer were Gregorian Chant and the works of Ravel and Debussy. His Requiem, completed in 1947, is the largest and best-known of his works. It is an exquisitely crafted piece for voices and organ. The tranquility and restrained intensity of Duruflé’s writing place the Requiem amongst the foremost choral works of the 20th century.

 

 

 

 

NOTTINGHAM BACH CHOIR
CONCERT SEASON 2016-17

J S BACH
CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Saturday 26th November 2016
St Mary's Church. Lacemarket.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
SAINT PAUL
Saturday 1st April 2017
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket.

DURUFLE
REQUIEM
PARRY
SONGS OF FAREWELL
Saturday 17th June 2017
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket,