Nottingham Festival Chorus – GLORIA weekend course and concert


Come and be part of an amazing choral experience performing a stunning concert with a full symphony orchestra at Nottingham’s Albert Hall in January and February 2024.Dive into the music of Poulenc, Rutter and more as these phenomenal settings of the Gloria take you on a spellbinding journey.

The rehearsal weekend at NTU Clifton on 27/28 January is led by chorus master Rachel Parkes. The concert the following Saturday 3 February is conducted by MfE’s new Artistic Director, Alex Robinson.

There are no weekly rehearsals; music scores and rehearsal aids are sent out approximately 6 weeks before the course for you to study in your own time.

Costs; for MfE Members the price is £45. For non-members the price is £60.

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“one of the UK’s most innovative and imaginative ensembles”.


A wonderful opportunity to listen to Solomon’s Knot, the long-term Baroque Ensemble in Residence at the Wigmore Hall, London. The Observer described them as “one of the UK’s most innovative and imaginative ensembles”. Performing regularly throughout the UK & Europe, Solomon’s Knot sing with no conductor and sing everything from memory. They will be singing at St Mary’s, Nottingham, Saturday 9th December, at 7:00PM.

Video recording of Jubilee ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert




With sincere thanks to the students from Nottingham Trent University who created the video: Georgia Alvey (Producer, Editor and Vision Mixer), Hannah Barnaby, Haris Dar, Ollie Ellis (Camera Operators), Adam Oldfield (Production Assistant), Jack Perkins, Tyla Sutton, Joseph Hay, Joshua Thacker, Cameron Patrick, Ethan Stuart (Audio).

Many thanks also to Brad Poulson for his patience and technical wizardry in uploading the video to YouTube




Guy’s Long Walk – Final Round-Up


Guy’s heroic endeavour to walk from Land’s End to John ‘O Groats was followed eagerly by members of the choir in the summer. We are now able to announce that, as one of Guy’s four charities selected to benefit from the funds raised by his walk,  Bingham and District Choral Society will receive £3,121.60 . This is a splendid boost to the choir’s finances at a time when extra resources are badly needed. We are  hugely grateful to Guy and wish him every success in completing the walk in shorter stages over the next year or two.


Despite a great start, local musician Guy Turner’s solo attempt to walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats was cut short at Ellesmere. He woke up with a very painful foot, which was diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis, brought on by constant heavy duty walking, and was forced to call a halt to the walk.

Guy has now returned to Nottinghamshire and his work as a singer in Southwell Minster Choir, and conducting Bingham Choral Society.

Despite the great disappointment, Guy prefers to emphasise the positive! He walked 468 miles in 28 walking days, which averages nearly 17 miles per day. He survived long walks and high hills during the heat wave. He has raised over £18,000 for his four charities. He met lots of interesting people and saw some amazing scenery. Even though shorter than planned it is an adventure he will never forget.

He plans to complete the journey over the next couple of years, but in short sections.

If you would like to read about his walk, all the daily blogs can still be found on his website, as can details of the charities and how to donate.