An Evening of Music

Tudor and Stuart Music for Voices and Viols
Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm
The Choir of St Mary’s and The Chelys Consort of Viols present a concert of music from the Tudor and Stuart periods.

Nave £15 (£10 concessions, £5 for under-23s)
Unreserved seats

Booking details:

Nottingham Tourism Centre (1-4 Smithy Row, Nottingham NG1 2BY)
Tel. 08444 77 56 78

Windblowers: (75-77 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5BA)
Tel. 0115 941 0543 (cash or cheque only)

On The Door (subject to availability)

St Mary’s Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

Fantastic Open Day for St Mary’s

Several hundred people passed through the gates of St Mary’s Church on Saturday, and were treated to a day of exploration, inspiration and excitement.

Inside the church the atmosphere was vibrant. “it’s an amazing building”, announced one gentleman. the West End of the nave, Alex Kingswell’s ‘Let the Light Shine’ exhibition added a huge splash of colour to the room, while to the East End, the wooden Lace Market model, from Nottingham Trent University, was a real talking point.

Homemade cakes and drinks kept visitors refreshed, while brass rubbings provided a unique entertainment that some had “never actually seen being done before.” Amongst all of this was the constant conversations amongst visitors and volunteers that added to the atmosphere of the day.

Over 120 people took the opportunity to explore our tower and take in the unparalleled view from the top. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather, adding even more charm to this unique opportunity and creating a positive response from visitors. One visitor noted that “every time people came down, they had smiles on their faces. Nobody came down disappointed.”

Visitors were even treated to a bell ringing demonstration, and some couldn’t resist taking their hands away from their ears to listen. “It was magical”, declared one lady. “When they demonstrated and said ‘put your fingers in your ears’ I didn’t, and it just penetrates through you.”

Outside, the Teddy Bear Zip Wire drew a lot of attention from younger and older visitors alike. Children watched, almost transfixed, as their toys were hoisted up to the roof, and waited with great anticipation for their release back down the wire. One excited young boy couldn’t contain his excitement when his rabbit “just went so fast” on its return to the ground.

What helped make the day such a success was the help of all the volunteers on the day and behind the scenes in the buildup. Without their work and commitment, the day could not have happened, and St Mary’s expresses a huge thank you to all those who gave their time to help in some way.


Art Exhibition set to Fill Church with Colour

Between Friday 13th-Sunday 22nd September we’re delighted to be hosting an exhibition by Alex Kingswell, entitled ‘Let the Light Shine.

Alex was introduced to us by Alan Hargrave (who has been taking services at St Mary’s.) Alan describes the effect of her work on him as ‘profoundly moving’. Her work has always drawn on her own deep spirituality and has recently, in his view, moved in a new direction. Given its spiritual resonance, a church like St Mary’s is an obvious choice of venue for giving her works a wider viewing. He comments, ‘her aim is to delight, intrigue, provoke and engage.’

Alex discovered her love of textiles a number of years ago, which she admits she can now indulge full-time. She says, “I was fascinated by colour from an early age. As a child, I loved sorting my coloured pencils into pleasing sequences. My attention to detail saw me cutting glace cherries into 32 slices and arranging them in intricate geometrical patterns on top of my grandmother’s sherry trifles!”

Her fascination with detail, and particularly with the intricacies of number, has never left her and her work is characterised by “vibrant colours and strong, geometric shapes through which I seek a colourful physical expression of mathematical ideas”.

Her work, which has been exhibited at the NEC, is characterised by vibrant colours and strong, geometric shapes. She says she starts with a harmonious colour-scheme, sometimes inspired by a poem or other text, or a special number, and imposes a mathematical sequence. She cuts, rearranges according to the sequence, and sees what happens; a process, that “always delights and surprises [her]”.

Exhibiting at St Mary’s, Alex says, “I am delighted to bring my work to a more local audience. It is an honour to have some of my pieces in this beautiful and sacred building. I hope they will uplift, intrigue and inspire. And perhaps make you smile.

Heritage Open Day Coming To St Mary’s

On Saturday 14 September St Mary’s will be hosting its own Heritage Open Day. This has become a somewhat annual thing, and we’re hoping to build on the success of last year and deliver another event to remember.

The main attraction will of course be our Tower Tours. We’re giving you the opportunity to explore our historic tower, see what goes on within, and take in the amazing, panoramic views from the top. Make sure to come and register when you arrive and we can give you a time for your tour.

For something new this year, we’re introducing a ‘Teddy Bear Abseil’. You and your family will be able to watch as a beloved soft toy descends gracefully from the tower to the ground, and you’ll get a certificate to help remember Teddy’s adventure.

We’re very excited to have Alex Kingswell with us. Alex is a local artist who creates beautiful textile designs, full of pattern and colour. Alex will have her display set up in the church from the 13th to the 22nd of September.

There will also be brass rubbing and refreshments available throughout the day to keep you both entertained and refreshed.

We’ll see you there between 10am and 4pm.


Summer Weekends 2019

Here at St Mary’s we have a series of exciting weekend events over the summer. On selected Friday and Saturday evenings we are the place to find the relaxing, the immersive, and the humorous.


Braimah Kanneh-Mason and the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 6 July, 7:30pm
Take in the sounds of violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason, alongside the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, as they present a celebration of the Austro-German repertoire. Our church’s fine acoustics and picturesque interior make the perfect setting.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 July, 7:30pm
Immerse yourself in this truly unique production of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical. Enjoy wine and fruit at your table and let the performance take you back to Jerusalem in 30AD.

Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 19 July, 12:00pm and 7:00pm
Be entertained with Georgian table songs, beautiful ballads, covers, and immaculate man anthems as the Spooky Men’s Chorale arrive in Nottingham, all the way from New South Wales, Australia, as part of their UK/Germany tour. Come and meet the group in a workshop at 12:00pm before the concert at 7:00pm. This is sure to be a memorable summers evening.

Nottingham Youth Orchestra
Friday 2 August, 7:30pm
Let Nottingham’s young musicians inspire. The Nottingham Youth Orchestra’s Senior Orchestra present their summer concert here at St Mary’s. Works from Weber, Wagner and Sibelius will be featured, among others, as this group of talented young people take you on a journey through the Romantic era.

An Evening with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and Braimah Kanneh-Mason

On Saturday 6 July at 7:30pm the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Braimah Kanneh-Mason, from Nottingham’s famous musical family.

Braimah will be the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, one of the most beloved in the violin repertoire.

The NSO will also present Weber’s Der Freischutz Overture – a concert opener featuring a mix of high drama and fine melodies – and conclude with Bruckner’s epic Fourth Symphony (‘Romantic’).

St Mary’s makes the ideal venue for this celebration of the Austro-German repertoire, with its fine acoustics and picturesque interior.

General admission £16, Concessions £14 and £5 for under 18 and full-time students. You can book your tickets at or Alternatively you can email [email protected] or phone 07733 312322. Tickets are available on the door subject to availability.

Choral Scholars’ End of Year Concert

Every year St Mary’s welcomes a number of choral scholars into its community from both of Nottingham’s universities. These gifted individuals sing with the choir at mid-week and Sunday Evensong, and Sunday Eucharist, alongside other various Holy days and High days. Throughout the year our scholars receive subsidised tuition and masterclasses, as well as the opportunity to participate in various recordings, broadcasts and tours.

This Sunday (16 June), at 8pm, our choral scholars will be giving a concert featuring a number of solo pieces. All scholars will also be involved in performing a varied choral repertoire.

This opportunity to hear high class singing comes with the added bonus of free admission, so please join us and support the scholars as they finish off another fine year of music making.

Nottingham Lightest Night 2019

St Mary’s in the Lace Market/The Creative Quarter Summer Garden Party

On Friday June 21st Nottingham will build on the success of Light Night by holding its first ever Lightest Night.

On the year’s longest day, it’s hoped venues will stay open later and encourage families to enjoy the city centre at its best on what we trust will be a lovely summer evening.

St Mary’s Church and the Creative Quarter Company will be marking the occasion by holding a garden party in the church grounds between 5pm and 8pm.

With kind support from Bildurn, based in nearby St Mary’s School, and Castle Rock Brewery, whose Kean’s Head public house is next door, we will be pleased to offer you a drink or two. There will also be live musical entertainment.

Most of all, there will be the opportunity to meet and mingle with the community of business people who make the Lace Market and Hockley such great places to work.

We look forward to seeing you on Lightest Night.

Saturday Evening Music for June

In June we have two exciting Saturday night concerts taking place in the church. Whether you’re a classical music enthusiast or want to experience something new, these two concerts will provide a great deal of entertainment and enjoyment.

Kanneh-Mason Concert Season
Saturday 8 June 2019 at 7:30pm.
Aminata and Jeneba Kanneh-Mason are joined by Oliver Latham, Matthew Shipway and Jeff Snowdon in a celebration of some of Nottingham’s most exciting young talent.

Also featuring the Orchestra of the Restoration, directed by John Keys.

Program features:
Stanley – Trumpet Tune (Oliver Latham)
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (Matthew Shipway and Jeff Snowdon)
Mozart – Violin Concerto in G (Aminata Kanneh-Mason)
Ravel – Piano Concerto (Jeneba Kanneh-Mason)

Tickets available from:

Nottingham Tourist Centre (1-4 Smithy Row, Nottingham, NG1 2BY) Tel. 08444 77 56 78

Windblowers (75-77 Derby Road, Nottingham, NG1 5BA) Tel. 0115 941 0543 (cash or cheque only)

On the door (subject to availability)


Nottingham Bach Choir
Saturday 22 June 7:30pm

A concert to celebrate the work of the choir director Paul Hale. You’ll be treated to works by Haydn, Wesley, J S Bach, Vaughan Williams, Cesar Franck and Hubert Parry, as well as organ music and works for full choir.

Tickets available from

Email: [email protected]

Nottingham Tourism Centre (1-4 Smithy Row, Nottingham, NG1 2BY) Tel. 08444 77 56 78

From Choir Members

On the door (Subject to availability)

Hidden Voices Training Course

10:30am – 4:30pm, Thursday 6th June

If you are or have been involved in projects such as food banks, night shelters and street pastors, or worked with asylum seekers and vulnerable adults and children, then it’s possible that you may have already come into contact with a victim of modern slavery. Did you, or could you identify a victim?

This is a continuing issue in Nottingham, but you can join us on Thursday 6th June for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham’s Hidden Voices Course, 10:30am – 4:30pm at St Mary’s in the Lace Market. You will learn about what modern slavery is, how to recognize it, how to respond and how we can work together to help end it.

If you’re a volunteer, project worker, member of a faith community or simply passionate about social justice, then come and join us at this free workshop.

Simply email [email protected] or telephone Catriona on 01636817232 to sign up and book your free place.

St Mary’s in the Lace Market
High Pavement