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
Our next concert is:
Saturday 1st April 2017 7.30pm St Mary's Church, Lace Market.
Mendelssohn Saint Paul
Conductor Paul Hale
Soloists Alison Rose, Andrew Tortise and Marcus Farnsworth
Virtuoso Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy had already composed several highly regarded large scale works when he was commissioned to compose his first oratorio at the comparatively young age of 22 years. His setting of an account of the life of St Paul, as taken from the Acts of the Apostles, is suitably dramatic.
As a renowned Bach revivalist, Mendelssohn’s writing was influenced by Bach’s Passions and also the works Handel and Haydn. When first premièred in 1836, in Dusseldorf, the work was well received by audience and critics alike. Such was its popularity, within eighteen months the work had been performed on 50 occasions. Mendelssohn extensively revised the work, conducting it four months later in England and in the USA within a year. Although this masterpiece of orchestral writing became less popular in the early part of the 20th century, the classical elegance and melodic beauty of the work still captivates audiences today.
Box Office opens 14th February 2017.