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Adult Choir Open Auditions: Sunday 15th May

The choir of St Mary’s Church, High Pavement, invites new singers to audition on May 15th.

The choir of St Mary’s Church in the Lacemarket is widely recognised as one of the finest mixed voice choirs in the East Midlands. It keeps up a busy programme of services, concerts and tours, performing a wide range of repertoire. The choir is currently looking to recruit new singers, particularly sopranos, altos and tenors.

The director of music, John Keys, said, “We would love to hear from singers based in or around Nottingham who would like to join a friendly ensemble that prides itself in making music to a high standard.”

The choir sings for three services each week (morning and evening on Sundays and a Wednesday evensong), with a one-hour rehearsal on Friday evening. Singers are regularly given opportunities to take on solos and the choir also gives concerts, often in conjunction with the Orchestra of the Restoration. The choir consists of student choral scholars and adult volunteers. Volunteers are expected to contribute to a significant proportion of services, particularly outside term-time.

Anyone interested in joining a friendly, lively group with an excellent musical and social life is welcome to apply. Open auditions are being held on Sunday 15 May 2022 and singers are asked to register their interest in advance by completing this form (we will respond with further details). Any queries about the choir or the auditions can also be submitted via the form. The choir is always happy for potential new singers to sing with us for a service to get a feel for the standard and atmosphere of our work.

You can listen to examples of recent services here and on the choir’s YouTube channel.

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Vacancy: Children’s Choir Director

We are pleased to invite candidates to apply for the newly created position of Children’s Choir Director at St Mary’s Church. This is a truly exciting opportunity for someone to build, develop and lead a unique musical offering for children (age 7 to 13) in Nottingham.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to assist in the establishment, development and growth of the Children’s Choir, enhancing the worship of the Church and providing opportunities for choral singing amongst the children of Nottingham and its surrounds.

St Mary’s enjoys a strong reputation for musical excellence which enriches the traditional Anglican worship offered by the church. We are now seeking to expand this musical offering by creating a Children’s Choir.  This will complement the existing musical provision of St Mary’s but also to take the musical excellence of St Mary’s into the city and beyond.  The role is intended to include outreach into schools in and around Nottingham by way of developing strong links with primary schools in the locality, the provision of singing and musical tuition in those schools and the recruitment of young voices into the new choir.

The role offered is intentionally developmental in nature.  St Mary’s is establishing the Children’s Choir “from scratch” and this is reflected in both the aims of the project and the description of the role as set out below.  We would welcome applications from applicants at any stages in their careers.

For further details, please see the Job Description

To apply, please complete the Application Form and send to by 6th March 2022.

Interviews: During week-commencing 21 March 2022

Start date: As soon as possible and latest by summer 2022