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 100 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 Southwell Methodist Church, Westgate, Southwell. on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 9.15pm.

The choir takes part in other concerts such as “Carols For Everyone” in the Minster, and have made trips abroad. The choir also holds occasional Choral Days. In 2010 they raised £2900 for Haiti with a performance of Faure’s Requiem. In April 2011 they invited choristers to join them in Southwell Minster in a Sing for Japan to raise funds for the earthquake victims. They performed Vivaldi’s Gloria and Choruses from Handel’s Messiah from scratch without rehearsal and raised £1000.

Recently they have undertaken joint ventures with Bingham & District, and Louth Choral Societies. They were also asked, at short notice, to assist in the Emergency Services Carol Service in the Minster in 2010 with the Nottinghamshire Police Brass Band and were invited back in 2011.

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.

      Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Bingham Choral Society in Southwell Minster

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