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Music and Concerts

Details of upcoming concerts, as well as news from the parish's two music departments (the choirs of St Mary's and St Peter's, along with the organs at All Saints, St Mary's and St Peter's) are posted here. See also the music pages for more general information about music in the Parish.

May
31
2012

Diamond Jubilee

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May
3
2012

The next series of Coffee Break Concerts begins on Saturday 12th May, 11am at St Peter's Church.  For more information, please click here.

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April
19
2012

Saturday 5th May 2012
7.30pm at St Mary's Church

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Pondering on a Prayer

by Susan Baker |

April
2
2012

Listening to St Peter's choir sing Bob Chilcott’s ‘My Prayer’ at Matins recently was a wonderful and awe inspiring experience. Having studied the piece for many weeks as a choir member, I was unfortunate to be unable to sing on that occasion, but fortunate to be an informed congregational listener. ‘My Prayer’ is Chilcott’s homage to ‘Hear my Prayer’ by Purcell. We were lucky to hear both in the same service - the Purcell as an introit, and the Chilcott as the anthem.

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March
31
2012

The year started with a memorable visit to Durham Cathedral, where the choir was in residence Friday 6th – Sunday 8th January. So soon after Christmas, rehearsal time was very limited, but the choir (along with a number of former choristers, always welcome back for such visits) rose to the occasion most admirably.  Compliments on the quality of singing and organ playing abounded from the cathedral's clergy and laity, and the whole visit had an absolutely delightful sense of camaraderie, epitomised by a splendid dinner at St Chad's College (where former chorister James Randle was then Director of Music).  It was also excellent for a number of us to catch up with former Rector of St Peter's, Canon Leslie Morley.

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February
2
2012

Today, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius is a national monument. But at its first performance in Birmingham, 105 years ago, the music was thought daring and difficult, while the subject matter was viewed in some quarters with intense suspicion. The text of The Dream of Gerontius – by the Victorian Catholic convert, Cardinal John Henry Newman – is rich in doctrine that had been emphatically rejected by the Protestant church since the time of the Reformation. The central character, Gerontius (the name derives from the Ancient Greek gero¯n, meaning simply ‘old man’), prays for assistance to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to other saints, and after his soulsearing first sight of God, he doesn’t go straight to Heaven, but is committed to Purgatory for purification. For some Protestants in Elgar’s day, all this would have been pure heresy. However, one could argue that this is an essay in the transition from time to eternity viewed through the doctrine of the Roman Church.

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January
9
2012

The choir of St Peter’s enjoyed another successful residency at the beginning of January, this time at the magnificent Durham Cathedral. The visit started with a bang on Friday 6th with a Festal Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany. Blair in b minor turned out to be the Dean’s favourite setting of the canticles, and hearing Rutter’s stirring 'Arise, shine' was a new experience for many. The weekend continued with Evensong on Saturday, followed by an excellent meal at St Chad’s College (where a number of our party were staying). We were joined by James Randle, Director of Music at St Chad’s, and former St Peter’s chorister; along with his wife Katie, the cathedral’s music administrator. As always, the support of our friends and families was greatly appreciated during this trip, and it was particularly good to see the Reverend Leslie Morley (Rector at St Peter’s, 1985-99) at several of the services. The choir also greatly enjoyed being verged into Evensong each day by our very own Michael Scott! An exhausting yet hugely fulfilling Sunday singing Matins, Eucharist and Evensong completed our stay. The Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove was most complimentary about the choir’s singing, and it was a great privilege to be able to contribute to the worship at this greatest of Norman cathedrals.

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November
29
2011

Coffee Break Concerts, December 2011

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November
28
2011

David Ray was a Professor of Neurotoxicology at the University of Nottingham Medical School and a member of the Choir of St Peter's Church, Nottingham. He died on Remembrance Sunday 2010 after a long and courageous fight with lung cancer. Following his funeral, the idea emerged of commissioning a piece of choral music in his memory. In a unique and fruitful collaboration between the Medical School and St Peter's, and following discussions led by David's widow, the Reverend Joanna Ray, Rob Edlin-White and Peter Siepmann of St Peter's Choir, and Dr Lopa Leach of the university's School of Biomedical Sciences, we are delighted to announce that the British composer Howard Skempton has now been commissioned to write a piece of choral music in memory of David. Howard Skempton is a well-known composer of both choral and instrumental works. His style is accessible, appealing and effective, often characterized by a concentration on the quality of sound and an economy of compositional means, and with a strong emphasis on melody. BBC Music Magazine has said:

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September
22
2011

The Festival of British Music will take place on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October.  There will be several events happening across the parish to celebrate the splendour and diversity of British Music.  With a variey of concerts and choral services, there will be something for all lovers of music from the UK.

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how to find / contact us

opening hours

The Parish Office

Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

St Peter's

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

St Mary's

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm

For information on service times at All Saints', St Mary's & St Peter's, visit the services page

location

Map of All Saints', St Mary's and St Peter's churches, and the Parish office

All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
St Mary's Church - High Pavement, NG1 1HN
St Peter's Church - St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

contact details

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencer.

The Parish Office

The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658 (+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Further information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.


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