7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Clifton, Saturday 16th March 2024

Nottingham Chamber Singers present:

Angels, Dreams and Flying Machines

Join NCS for an evening of flight, fantasy and winged creatures, featuring poetry and musical works by Whitacre, Panufnik, Mendelssohn, Vaughan-Williams and many more!


Prepare to take flight with the Nottingham Chamber Singers as they soar,

wheel and glide through a constellation of madrigals, motets and part-songs

all on a theme of flying, wings and dreams. Hear the ravishing angels of Aleotti and Mendelssohn, drift away over hill and dale to the cloud capp’d towers

with VaughanWilliams, and take a daring leap with the ingenious inventor

Leonardo da Vinci in Eric Whitacre’s epic choral poem Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine. This programme, interspersed with words from some of Great

Britain’s most celebrated poets, promises to enthral and delight, so book early to avoid disappointment!


Formerly known as the East of England Singers, the Nottingham Chamber Singers have a busy concert schedule performing works across the full choral range, from William Byrd to Judith Weir. The choir’s refreshingly dynamic and committed performances continue to receive critical and public acclaim, led by Assistant conductor and Music for Everyone’s Assistant Artistic Director, Rachel Parkes.


Rachel Parkes was born and raised in Northamptonshire. She received her early musical education through the Royal School of Church Music and Northamptonshire County Performing Arts Service, and went on to gain a first class Honours degree in Music, and later a Masters in Music and Performance, from Royal Holloway, University of London. During her studies Rachel studied singing with Margaret Cable and Jessica Cash, she now receives coaching from Lynne Wayman.


Full £14, Concession £13, Child/Student £5

Tickets are available to buy online, or by calling the office on 01159589312. Tickets will also be available to buy on the door.

Online booking is now closed as the office is not manned at the weekends. Tickets will be available to buy on the door from 7pm on Saturday.

Saturday 2nd December 2023
7.30pm, St John’s Church, Carrington, NG5 2DP 

The church is easy to find, situated on the right hand side of the Mansfield Road heading out of Nottingham towards Sherwood. There is plenty of on-street parking close by and we have arranged that we have the use of the well lit car park, which is situated just past the church. 

The Performers

Nottingham Chamber Singers
Nottingham Classical Players

Angela Kay conductor, Rachel Parkes soloist

The Music

A concert full of musical sparkle! A programme of sparkling, joyful and uplifting music for Advent and Christmas from the ‘Baroque’ period (1600-1750), with seasonal motets and festive extracts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah.

The audience will also encounter less familiar composers of equally glorious music – Buxtehude, Schütz, Bassano – and of course Gabrieli, one of the most influential musicians of his time. Gabrieli represents the culmination of the Venetian style as the musical idiom throughout Europe shifted from Renaissance to Baroque, particularly in Germany, Bach’s homeland and the birthplace of Handel. 

For a flavour of the exhilarating style that is Baroque, click on the link to listen on YouTube to the opening of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

And by way of a contrast, enjoy Handel’s tranquil ‘Pifa’ from Messiah.


Full £14, Concession £13, Child/Student £5

Tickets are available to buy on the door.

Spring is finally in the air!! After all the storms and wild weather of February, it finally feels like the warmer weather, longer days and spring flowers are on their way. This week many of us may well be flipping pancakes in a frenzy before choosing to be somewhat more virtuous for Lent. One thing we’re certainly not giving up at MfE is putting on fabulous concerts for your entertainment and delight, and this coming weekend is no exception…

On Saturday 5th March, the Nottingham Chamber Singers (formerly EOES) will be performing a programme of music to soothe your senses, with a springtime theme of reflection, remembrance and renewal. The choir will be joined by an eclectic mix of instrumentalists for their performance of the Rutter Requiem, Brahms Four songs for upper voices, Schumann’s Six songs for lower voices, and local composer Guy Turner’s Songs and legends of Robin Hood. We will also feature two contemporary settings of music set to the texts of Lord Byron, who incidentally is buried in the graveyard of the parish church of Hucknall where the concert is taking place. It promises to be a romantic feast for the senses, we hope you can join us… book your tickets now! 7.30pm concert at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall.

Book tickets online (also available on the door but we do recommend booking in advance!): https://www.music-for-everyone.org/ncs-concert-booking-page/

Happy Pancake Day for tomorrow! How do you like yours? Plain, sweet or savoury?

Here are some musical pancake inspirations if you’re feeling up to a challenge…

  • In New Orleans and other parts of the world people will be celebrating Mardi-Gras with Carnival on 1st March, so maybe put this wonderful toe-tapping tune on and have a dance around your kitchen whilst you’re flipping your pancakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na5sXo0Oqhw

Have a good week!

Your friends at MfE.



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