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 100 members who rehearse weekly under our  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 St John Passion at Easter 2018. Amongst our recent seasons, we celebrated 60 years with a magnificent performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Southwell Minster, and this year have just performed Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle which was a joyous end to a wonderful season of music making

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

 

November-2019-concert (1)SIR EDWARD ELGAR     THE APOSTLES

Saturday 24th November 2018    7.30pm

St Mary's Church, Lace Market

Paul Hale Conductor

Philippa Boyle Soprano
Jessica Gillingwater Mezzo-soprano
Oliver Johnston Tenor
Marcus Farnsworth Baritone
Stephen Cooper Baritone
Julian Empett Bass


Elgar’s magnificent work “The Apostles” tells the story of Jesus’ preaching, miracles, betrayal and death, and the effects it had on the people around him. Elgar was particularly interested in the motivations of sinners, and Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot have important parts. It calls for a huge Romantic orchestra and contains some of the soaring and stirring melodies so characteristic of Elgar’s music. You may like to look out for the recurring themes or “leitmotifs”, each of which is a kind of musical symbol for a person or idea which is central to the story.

This performance is kindly supported by

                                                                           Elgar Society logo

Tickets £18 (under 18s and registered full-time students £5). Tickets are available from Nottingham Tourism Centre, Smithy Row, Tel 0844 4775678, by emailing the Ticket Secretary at tickets@nottinghambachchoir.org.uk, by PayPal through our website or on the door. www.nottinghambachchoir.org.uk

VACANCY 

 MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF NOTTINGHAM BACH CHOIR

Nottingham Bach Choir is seeking to appoint a new Musical Director in succession to Paul Hale, starting in September 2019.

Founded in 1954, we now have a strong reputation for accomplished performances in a region with a lively and competitive musical culture.  We are a friendly auditioned choir of around 100 singers and give three or four concerts every season, for at least two of which we engage professional soloists.  Our orchestral concerts are usually supported by the Nottingham Bach Players, professional and skilled amateur musicians, many of whom work with us on a regular basis.

The core of our repertoire draws on the major works in the classical canon, but we have also performed new work by national and local composers.  In November 2018 we will perform Elgar’s The Apostles, followed in March 2019 by JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion  in Southwell Minster.

The choir, which is a registered charity, is managed by an active committee of elected trustees in close collaboration with the Musical Director. 

We rehearse in Nottingham on Tuesday evenings with a professional accompanist.

Fuller details of the choir, including recent programmes and an archive of works performed since 2000 can be found here on our website.

An application form, job description and person specification can be downloaded here.

Application deadline: August 31st 2018.  Auditions and interviews will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd 2018.

 

NOTTINGHAM BACH CHOIR
CONCERT SEASON 2018-19

SIR EDWARD ELGAR
THE APOSTLES
Saturday 24th November 2018
St Mary's Church. Lacemarket.

JOHANNES SEBASTIAN BACH
ST MATTHEW PASSION
Saturday 30th March 2019
Southwell Minster

FAREWELL CONCERT
Saturday 22nd June 2019
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket

THE NEW CONCERT SEASON'S REHEARSALS COMMENCE ON TUESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER. NEW SINGERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME - VISIT OUR JOIN THE CHOIR PAGE FOR DETAILS.