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


Our next concert is:

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CÉSAR FRANCK     PRÉLUDE, FUGUE & VARIATION                                                       

Saturday 16th June 2018  7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Lace Market. Nottingham

Paul Hale   Conductor
Anne Page   Harmonium
Michael Overbury Piano
Soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music

This (as he described it) “poor little mass” was written by the 71-year-old Rossini in 1863, and performed in its original form the following year in Paris. Thirty-four years had passed since his last opera, Guillaume Tell. Yet the mass emerged as a work of inspiration and passion, a diverse series of beguiling movements, from slightly sinister counterpoint in the Kyrie to a flamboyant “Domine Deus” for the tenor soloist. Its great melodies have assured its continued popularity with choirs and audiences. Unusually, Rossini makes use of a harmonium which contrasts with the often more angular sound of the piano. The final Agnus Dei begins in a restless, melancholy vein, and moves through a lyrical alto solo, returning to the halting and uncertain rhythms which reflect the coexistence of doubt and faith.

You are invited to attend

the final of the

NBC Liz Chant Bursary for Young Singers

on Sunday 29th April 2018

at St. John’s Church, Carrington, Nottingham, NG5 2DL

beginning at 2.15. The church will be open at 2.00.

Our four finalists are:

James Beddoe was an assistant lay clerk at Southwell Minster. He graduated from York University.

Grace Bale who is an undergraduate student at Nottingham University and an assistant lay clerk at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham.

Sarah Carlin who sang with Cantamus and is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Emily Hodkinson, a graduate of York University who held a choral scholarship at St Barnabas Cathedral.


The event is free and refreshments will be served between the recitals and the award ceremony.


For further details see nottinghambachchoir.org.uk or contact nbclibrarian@gm


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,