The Choir and Director of Music

The Choir of St Mary the Virgin, Nottingham is acclaimed as one of the finest Anglican church choirs in the country. Typically, the choir performs three services a week (Wednesday Evensong (6.15pm), Sunday Eucharist (10.45am) and Sunday Evensong (6.30pm)) as well as regular concerts throughout the year, upholding a tradition of outstanding choral music in Nottingham.

The choir has made a number of recordings over recent years including Mater Christi, a disc of Marian motets produced by Regent Records (2015) and A St Mary’s Christmas, a disc of sacred and secular music for Christmas (2017). Beyond Nottingham, the choir has sung in Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral and toured across Europe, most recently to France, Italy and Germany.

Director of Music

John Keys

John Keys has been Director of Music at St Mary’s since 1984. In that time the artistic life of the church has bloomed in his hands and continues to evolve.

As well as being responsible for the provision of music for services at St Mary’s, being Artistic Director of the Orchestra of the Restoration and having a heavy teaching load, he is in great demand as accompanist, continuo player and recitalist.