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St Mary's Choir

“St Mary’s Church…is a towering 15th-century building in Perpendicular Gothic style, with all manner of crenellations and gargoyles; duck inside during a service and marvel at the way a 20-piece choir fills the vaulted space with sound.”

from The Times 9 January 2010


Under the leadership of John Keys, the Choir of St Mary’s Church is recognised as one of the region’s finest. Renowned for its versatility and wide repertoire it performs music from plainsong through to first performances. It can easily adapt to performing a Bach passion and, as it proved in 2002 and March 2007, can cope with the demands of Verdi’s Requiem. The choir sings three times a week at Wednesday Evensong, Sunday Eucharist and Sunday Evensong. In 2001 a choral scholarship scheme was launched and has succeeded in attracting some of the most promising young singers from both Nottingham universities.

The choir of St Mary's, Nottingham

The choir of St Mary's, Nottingham

The choir performs regularly in concert on its own and with St Mary’s resident orchestra, The Orchestra of the Restoration. Recent concert works include Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Monteverdi’s Vespers with The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and Mass in B minor. Broadcasts include Sunday Half-Hour and In Praise of God for BBC World Service, Radio 4’s The Daily Service and Sunday Worship, BBC Radio Nottingham’s Annual Carol Service and BBC 1’s Songs of Praise. Overseas the choir has performed in Paris, Belgium and Germany, and in the summer of 2008 gave concerts in Umbria (details here). The Choir sang Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Monday 17 - Wednesday 19 August, 2009 and the services at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin on October 25, 2009.

For further information, please see St Mary's choir's own website at

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