St Peter’s Choir

There is a long-standing choral tradition at St Peter’s, developed by musicians such as Vincent Trivett (Organist, 1906-1947) and Kendrick Partington (Organist, 1957-1994). Today, the choir can be heard singing in church every Sunday, and in frequent concert performances. As well as singing at St Peter’s throughout the year, the choir often sings in churches and cathedrals across the UK and abroad. Particularly noteworthy visits of recent years have included those to Paris, Cologne, Westminster Abbey and many of the UK’s major cathedrals. The choir tackles a broad range of repertoire from plainsong and renaissance polyphony to Romantic and contemporary works from across the world. St Peter’s employs a professional musician as Organist & Director of Music, and the membership of the choir combines a number of students and recent graduates from the city’s two universities with volunteer singers from around the city and county. Though an amateur ensemble, the choir produces what the Nottingham Evening Post has termed an “outstanding standard of music-making”, thanks to the commitment and hard work of its members. The current Organist & Director of Music is Dr Peter Siepmann, who is assisted by a team of assistant organists. Further news from the choir can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Routine & Music List

Details of the choral music sung during services can be found in the Parish Magazine. The choir’s usual routine is as follows: First Sunday of the month 10.45am Matins Second Sunday of the month 5pm Evensong Third Sunday of the month 10.45am Sung Eucharist Fourth Sunday of the month 10.45am Sung Eucharist and 5pm Compline Fifth Sunday of the month 10.45am Sung Eucharist The choir regularly performs as part of the church’s well-established series of Saturday morning ‘Coffee Break’ Concerts, often alongside the resident instrumental ensemble, saraBande.

Recordings

A selection of audio recordings of St Peter’s Choir can be found here. This video, of some of the upper voices of the choir singing Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree was made for the 2017 Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham Video Advent Calendar:

Trips & Tours

As well as singing at St Peter’s throughout the year (and once a month at the sister church of All Saints on Raleigh Street), the choir often sings in churches and cathedrals across the UK and abroad. The first such visit was to Lichfield Cathedral during Easter Week 1969.

The Choir of St Peter’s at Wells Cathedral, August 2017
The Choir of St Peter’s at Wells Cathedral, August 2017

Joining the Choir

St Peter’s Choristers are assured:

  • a warm welcome and friendly company
  • a manageable commitment (Friday rehearsal plus one Sunday service) – see above
  • bursaries for those in full-time education
  • high standards and a wide range of repertoire
  • regular trips and tours to UK cathedrals and abroad – see above
  • frequent concert performances

“The commitment is managable and there is such a friendly but hard working and rewarding atmosphere. I have also discovered lots of new and exciting repertoire” (Rebecca, soprano choral scholar) “The choir has been one of the highlights of my university experience, not just socially but also how it has broadened my knowledge of the repertoire and increased my confidence and ability to sight sing.” Lily (former alto choral scholar)

Commitment

Whilst it is recognised that volunteer singers may not be able to be present 100% of the time (though many are), being a member of any choir is a commitment, and members of the St Peter’s Choir are expected to attend the Friday evening rehearsal (usually 7 – 8.30pm) as well as (usually just one) Sunday service:

  • First Sunday of the month: Matins (10am rehearsal for 10.45am service)
  • Second Sunday of the month: Evensong (4.15pm rehearsal for 5pm service)
  • Third Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist (10am rehearsal for 10.45am service)
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist (10am rehearsal for 10.45am service) and occasionally Compline (4.15pm rehearsal for 5pm service)

St Peter’s is proud to maintain a choral presence in church all year round, though of course students are only expected during term time. In addition to these routine services, there are also a number of special services on certain feast days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Day, etc.) as well as regular trips to cathedrals both in the UK and abroad, and frequent concert performances. All singers are heartily encouraged to take full advantage of all of these wonderful opportunities! A termly schedule is published by the Director of Music, and singers are asked to give as much notice as possible of any planned absence using a user-friendly online system.

Scholarships

St Peter’s Choir offers modest choral scholarships to those in full-time education:

  • Students in higher education are offered a scholarship of £300 p/a.
  • Students in secondary education are offered a scholarship of £200 p/a.
  • After one year’s service, secondary students are eligible to apply, should they wish, for financial help with music tuition from the Vincent Trivett Fund – a trust established by a former Organist of St Peter’s.

Scholarships are appropriate for all voice parts but are subject to availability of places and funding. We also often an organ scholarship of £450 p/a for students in higher education.  For details please contact the Director of Music via the Parish Office.

Joining

The Director of Music is always happy to meet with prospective choristers. We are looking for confident singers with a pleasant voice and (given the amount of repertoire we have to get through in a limited rehearsal time) a good ability to sing at sight from score. Prospective choristers are usually asked to participate in a ‘trial’ rehearsal on a Friday evening which is then followed by a short, private audition with the Director of Music to assess three essential aspects of choral singing:

  • the sensitivity of your ‘musical ear’
  • your vocal range and tone
  • your ability to read music

Contact Details

Contact Information

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

All correspondence should be sent to the Parish Office (not to All Saints’ or St Peter’s church).

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencers.

Further Information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.

For information on service times at All Saints' & St Peter's, please visit the Services page.

Charity Number: 1130298

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The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658
(+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Monday 9am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 3.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 3.30pm
Thursday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday 9am - 3.30pm

All Saints' Church
Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP

Open during Sunday and weekday services and on Tuesdays from 9.45 – 12.30 pm


St Peter's Church
St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
(and for Sunday services)

Contact Details

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

All correspondence should be sent to the Parish Office (not to All Saints’ or St Peter’s church).

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencers.

Further Information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.

For information on service times at All Saints' & St Peter's, please visit the Services page.

Charity Number: 1130298

Data Privacy Notice

Follow Us

Contact Information

The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658
(+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Monday 9am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 3.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 3.30pm
Thursday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday 9am - 3.30pm


All Saints' Church
Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP

Open during Sunday and weekday services and on Tuesdays from 9.45 – 12.30 pm


St Peter's Church
St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
(and for Sunday services)


Charity Number: 1130298