St Peter’s Choir

St Peter’s Choir
St Peter’s Choir at Lincoln Cathedral, April 2013

There is a long-standing choral tradition at St Peter’s, developed by musicians such as Vincent Trivett (Organist, 1906-1947) and Kendrick Partington (Organist, 1957-1994). Today, the choir can be heard singing in church every Sunday, and in frequent concert performances. As well as singing at St Peter’s throughout the year, the choir often sings in churches and cathedrals across the UK and abroad. Particularly noteworthy visits of recent years have included those to Paris, Cologne, Westminster Abbey and many of the UK’s major cathedrals. The choir tackles a broad range of repertoire from plainsong and renaissance polyphony to Romantic and contemporary works from across the world. St Peter’s employs a professional musician as Organist & Director of Music, and the membership of the choir combines a number of students and recent graduates from the city’s two universities with volunteer singers from around the city and county. Though an amateur ensemble, the choir produces what the Nottingham Evening Post has termed an “outstanding standard of music-making”, thanks to the commitment and hard work of its members. The current Organist & Director of Music is Dr Peter Siepmann, who is assisted by a team of assistant organists. Further news from the choir can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

recorded live during Matins on 6 December 2020 (the choir are singing distanced, due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

recorded live during Matins on 6 December 2020 (the choir are singing distanced, due to the Covid-19 pandemic)


Routine & Music List

Details of the choral music sung during services can be found in the Parish Magazine and on the choir’s twitter feed. The choir’s usual routine is as follows:

Every Friday7-8.30pm Full rehearsal
First Sunday of the month10.45am Matins
Second Sunday of the month5pm Evensong
Third Sunday of the month10.45am Sung Eucharist
Fourth Sunday of the month10.45am Sung Eucharist 5pm Compline
Fifth Sunday of the month10.45am Sung Eucharist (at All Saints’ Church, Raleigh Street)

Trips & Tours

As well as singing at St Peter’s throughout the year (and once a month at the sister church of All Saints on Raleigh Street), the choir often sings in churches and cathedrals across the UK and abroad. The first such visit was to Lichfield Cathedral during Easter Week 1969.  Recent trips have included those to most of the UK’s major cathedrals and abbeys as well as tours to Paris, Cologne and Riga.

St Peter’s Choir in concert in Riga Cathedral, August 2019

 


Joining the Choir

St Peter’s choristers are assured

  • a warm welcome and friendly company
  • a manageable commitment (Friday rehearsal plus one Sunday service) – see above
  • bursaries for those in full-time education
  • high standards and a wide range of repertoire
  • regular trips and tours to UK cathedrals and abroad – see above
  • frequent concert performances
The commitment is managable and there is such a friendly but hard working and rewarding atmosphere. I have also discovered lots of new and exciting repertoire. The choir has been one of the highlights of my university experience, not just socially but also how it has broadened my knowledge of the repertoire and increased my confidence and ability to sight sing. Rebecca & Lily choral scholars

Commitment

Full choristers attend the Friday evening rehearsal (usually 7 – 8.30pm) as well as (usually just one) Sunday service (see above) each week.  It is recognised that volunteer singers may not be able to be present 100% of the time (though many are!), but singers are asked to give as much notice as possible of any planned absence using a user-friendly online system.

St Peter’s Choir also comprises a number of part-time singers, and more flexible commitments to the choir can be discussed at the time of audition.

We are proud to maintain a choral presence in church all year round (though of course students are only expected during term-time!). In addition to the routine Sunday services , there are also a number of special services on certain feast days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Day, etc.) as well as regular trips to cathedrals both in the UK and abroad, and frequent concert performances. All singers are heartily encouraged to take full advantage of all of these wonderful opportunities!

A termly schedule is published by the Director of Music, and singers are asked to give as much notice as possible of any planned absence using a user-friendly online system.

Scholarships

St Peter’s Choir offers modest choral scholarships to those in full-time education:

  • Students in higher education are offered a scholarship of £300 p/a.
  • Students in secondary education are offered a scholarship of £200 p/a.
  • After one year’s service, secondary students are eligible to apply, should they wish, for financial help with music tuition from the Vincent Trivett Fund – a trust established by a former Organist of St Peter’s.

Scholarships are appropriate for all voice parts but are subject to availability of places and funding. We also often an organ scholarship of £450 p/a for students in higher education.  For details please contact the Director of Music via the Parish Office.

Interested in joining?

Prospective choristers are asked to attend a Friday evening rehearsal singing within the choir. Following the rehearsal, a short, informal audition will enable the Director of Music to hear your voice. This is nothing to be afraid of, and is designed entirely to find out what you can do, not what you can’t! The audition will include the following activities:

  • Singing through a short piece of choral repertoire which will be sent to you to learn in advance. This will be followed by a brief period working on the piece you have sung, perhaps picking out a few difficult corners or areas that might be sung in a different way, etc.
  • You will be asked to sing a few scales in order to help the Director of Music see where your voices sits most comfortably, and which choral voice part (SATB) might be most appropriate for you.
  • You will be asked to sing at sight a short piece (with piano accompaniment). You will be given a minute or so to look through it and try out any part of it that you wish.
  • The audition will conclude with a short conversation about choral singing, how you found out about St Peter’s Choir, any previous experience, etc

If you are interested in joining us, or have any questions, please contact the Director of Music via the Parish Office.

Contact Details

Contact Information

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

All correspondence should be sent to the Parish Office (not to All Saints’ or St Peter’s church).

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 & Spencers.

Further Information

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

For information on service times at All Saints' & St Peter's, please visit the Services page.

Disabled/Pushchair access to St Peter's Church is possible via the North Door, which can be accessed by a path running along the side of the church (off St Peter's Gate, by St Peter's Church Walk).

Charity Number: 1130298

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Safeguarding

Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

Parish Safeguarding Officer, Keith Mountford
0115 9483658

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Julian Hodgson
01636 817983

Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Lynn Harvey
01636 817200

Safeguarding Policy Statement - Children

Safeguarding Policy Statement - Adults

Past Case Review 2

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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)

Email

Office opening hours - via email and voicemail only during the Covid-19 crisis:

Tuesday and Thursday
9 am - 4 pm

Wednesday 8.30 am-12.30 pm

All Saints' Church
Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP

All Saints' Church is currently open for Private Prayer on Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and for a Eucharist Service on Sundays (10.30am - 11.30am).


St Peter's Church
St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

St Peter's Church is open for Private Prayer on Thursdays, 10am - 3.30pm.

A Sung Eucharist service will be streamed at 10.45am each week (click here, and available to watch again from the Monday following the service for the rest of the week).

 

Contact Details

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

All correspondence should be sent to the Parish Office (not to All Saints’ or St Peter’s church).

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 & Spencers.

Further Information

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

For information on service times at All Saints' & St Peter's, please visit the Services page.

Charity Number: 1130298

Data Privacy Notice

Safeguarding

Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

Parish Safeguarding Officer, Keith Mountford
0115 9483658

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Julian Hodgson
01636 817983

Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Lynn Harvey
01636 817200

Safeguarding Policy Statement - Children

Safeguarding Policy Statement - Adults

Past Case Review 2

Follow Us

Contact Information

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)

Email

Office opening hours - via email and voicemail only during the Covid-19 crisis:

Tuesday and Thursday
9 am - 4 pm

Wednesday 8.30 am-12.30 pm


All Saints' Church
Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP

All Saints' Church is currently open for Private Prayer on Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and for a Eucharist Service on Sundays (10.30am - 11.30am).


St Peter's Church
St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

St Peter's Church is open for Private Prayer on Thursdays, 10am - 3.30pm.

A Sung Eucharist service will be streamed at 10.45am each week (click here, and available to watch again from the Monday following the service for the rest of the week).

 


Charity Number: 1130298