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 it's concerts are held in St Mary's Church, but also performs regularly in Southwell Minster. There are approximately 110 members who rehearse weekly under its inspirational Director of Music, Paul Hale. The choir gives high quality performances and is renowned for it's sensitive and expressive interpretations of a wide range of choral music, in particular the works of Bach.

Nottingham Bach Choir is an auditioned choir rehearsing on Tuesdays at St John's Church, Carrington, and performs three concerts a year. It also performs a popular Christmas Concert each year at St. Peter's Church, Nottingham as part of their Coffee Morning series.

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.

Nottingham Bach Choir is a registered charity number 508139


Our next concert is:

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Saturday 25th November 2017  7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham

Conductor: Paul Hale
Soprano: Katherine Crompton   Counter tenor: Roderick Morris
Tenor: Thomas Herford                Bass: Colin Campbell

Composed in 1738, Handel's splendid oratorio was designed to impress, with its rich orchestral colours, its varied and dramatic choruses and its contrasting characters who develop through the piece. The wonderful libretto by Charles Jennens is based on the Old Testament story of King Saul and the rise of David his successor. The oratorio tells of the terrible jealousy of the old king as the young David appears at court and is subsequently victorious in battle.  Handel was inspired to write some of his finest music, using a wide range of instruments and depicting both public happenings and scenes of intimate feeling and conflict.

The oratorio makes reference to some interesting themes of the times, showing the Biblical characters to have an emotional domestic life with which the audience would identify. David himself, having  the power of Music, is able not only to soothe pain but also to unite the peoples in harmony. An experience not to be missed!



Saturday 25th November 2017
St Mary's Church. Lacemarket.

Saturday 24th March 2018
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket.

Saturday 16th June 2018
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket,