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 its 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 its 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


Liz Chant Bursary

for singers aged 16-30

As a result  of a generous legacy left by long standing choir member, Liz Chant, the choir is making an annual award of £1000 to a young singer or singers who show outstanding potential. The award committee reserves the right to share the award between suitable applicants, or not to make the award at all at their sole discretion.

Who can apply?

Young singers aged 16-30 whose home address is in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire. You  should have passed Grade 6 or equivalent and be either currently studying singing or applying to specialise in vocal studies at a further or higher education institution.

What can the bursary be used for?

This is an unrestricted bursary which can be used for any expenses connected with your vocal studies.

How will applicants be assessed?

We are looking for someone who shows excellence in communication and performance...read on


Our next concert is:

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St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham.
Saturday 24th March 2018 7.30pm

Paul Hale   Conductor
Ruairi Bowen   Evangelist
Clare Lloyd-Griffiths  Soprano
Jessica Gillingwater   Mezzo-soprano
David de Winter   Tenor
Greg Skidmore   Bass

First performed in 1724, Bach’s masterpiece is based on St John’s account of Christ’s trial and crucifixion; although less frequently performed than the St Matthew Passion, a strong narrative combined with complexity, drama and beauty in the arias, choruses and chorales make this a compelling work.

Tickets  are available from the ticket secretary by email at tickets@nottinghambachchoir.org.uk and from Nottingham Tourism Centre, Smithy Row, by calling 0844 477 5678. Additionally tickets are available from choir members or on the door.


"YOU could tell that the St John Passion is well and truly embedded in the lifeblood of the Bach Society. Their long familiarity with Bach’s great work meant the story could be told with a vivid sense of drama..."  St John Passion,  2009.  Review by William Ruff, Nottingham Post.


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,