The present society originated as the choral group of Southwell Arts Society in 1959. Its popularity increased and in 1964 Southwell Choral Society emerged under the leadership of founder conductor Peter Wood. The present conductor, Nicholas Thorpe took over when Peter retired in November 1997. The society now has over 90 active singing members and a thriving group of non-singing Friends of Southwell Choral Society.

Autumn and Spring concerts are performed in the setting of our historic Minster and in the Summer at other local venues. Rehearsals take place weekly in term-time in the State Chamber of the Archbishop’s Palace on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 9.15pm.

The choir takes part in other events such as “Carols For Everyone” in the Minster, and have made trips abroad. Thanks to a bequest, the choir hosts annual Singing Days in memory of Margaret Austen, and these are usually in the form of vocal training sessions, open to other singers, led by professional singing coaches, including Bob Chilcott, Nigel Perrin, Maggie McDonald and Tim Rhys-Evans.

The Society has undertaken successful foreign tours to:

      Prague and Cesky Brod in 2000

      Barcelona in 2003

      Tuscany in 2006

Joint Ventures undertaken:

      Brahms Requiem with Bingham & District CS in the Minster in 2011

      Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Louth Choral Society in St James Church, Louth in 2011 and again in Southwell Minster in 2012.


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