Christmas Eve Carol Service

Monday 24 December 2018 | 7pm – 8.15pm

Join the Christmas Eve Carol Service at St Mary’s Church on the night before Christmas to get into the festive spirit.
Held by candlelight, this service presents the Christmas story in traditional readings with music provided by the acclaimed choir of St Mary’s.

Address by The Rt Rev Bishop Paul Williams of Southwell and Nottingham


Solomon’s Knot ‘Christmas in Leipzig’ with Bach and others – Saturday 1 December

Christmas in Leipzig

Solomon’s Knot return on Saturday 1st December for another amazing evening of music sung from memory.

Seasonal concert of music by the three ‘Johanns’ who were subsequently cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig: Schelle, Kuhnau and Bach. All sung from memory, the concert features Bach’s jubilant Magnificat in Eb, which he composed for Christmas Day. It is paired with Kuhnau’s rarely heard Magnificat, which served as a model for Bach’s masterpiece. Opening with an Advent Motet by Schelle, baroque collective Solomon’s Knot make their much-anticipated return to Nottingham with this seldom heard music for the festive season.

“Known as much for vigour and risk-taking as for historical authenticity and intelligent programming” according to the Financial Times, the ensemble’s direct performance style was described by 365 Bristol as “serious kick up the baroque backside”.

Johann Schelle Machet die Tore weit (Motet for Advent)
Johann Kuhnau Magnificat in C
JS Bach Magnificat in Eb (including Christmas lauds)


Saturday 1 December, 7pm
St Mary’s Church, Nottingham
£20 unreserved

Tickets can be booked with the box office of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall by phone on 0115 989 5555 or following this link:

Here’s what the Nottingham Post said about last year’s performance:

‘Solomon’s Knot had people on their feet and in tears at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market’

‘One of the most radiant highlights of a remarkable musical year in Nottingham’

‘Solomon’s Knot’s achievement in presenting the Mass in B Minor was revelatory. For a start they sing the entire score from memory – solos and choruses. This in itself is an astonishing feat in a work so long and so complex.’

‘Solomon’s Knot presents Bach’s masterwork as intimate drama, almost operatic in its ability to engage directly with the emotions and intellects of their audience …. their eyes directing the audience to notice new things about the music’s meaning and texture.’

‘At the end of their performance the audience rose to its feet to applaud, some in tears, all deeply moved by what they had heard and seen.’


October 18th: Auction of Robins for Notts Hospice

The 34 gorgeous robins who’ve brightened up the city centre over the summer flew into St Mary’s last Thursday for a grand auction. They completley stole the hearts of bidders who spent £133,000 for the privilege of taking one home.  All proceeds went to Nottinghamshire Hospice who organised the event.

The cost of using the church was generously donated.














ChurchwardenTony Mitchell resisted buying ‘Judge Robin’, but it was a tough call.

Strange Friends – Drama and Music inspried by World War 1

On Wednesday October 10th, 7.30pm start, the Sinfonia Viva Orchestra, the Lost Boys Drama Company together with soloists and choir bring professional music and drama conceived from WW1 sources to St Mary’s Church.

In Part 1,  The Lost Boys present ‘Strange Meeting’ which is an emotionally wrought play built around Wilfred Owen’s poem of the same name.

After the interval professional musicians perform extracts from Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.