Southwell Minster Chorale was formed in 1994 to enrich the worshipping life of the Minster at times when the Cathedral Choir was not available. Now, under the directorship of Jonathan Allsopp, the Chorale continues to do just that. Additionally, they provide music for many of the Sunday Eucharists, and a number of evening Feast-Day services such as Ascension Day, the All Souls' Day Requiem, and the Eucharist of Christmas Night.
Comprising up to thirty singers from around the Nottinghamshire area, covering a wide age-range and a variety of backgrounds, the group meets each Friday evening, and is united by a love of singing. Recent years have seen an increase in concert performances, with their annual performance of Handel's Messiah with the Southwell Minster Chamber Ensemble becoming a much anticipated part of the Minster's Christmas offering. The choir often travels further afield, and has recently toured the Channel Islands, performed the Brahms Requiem in Nottingham, and sung a weekend of services in York Minster. Their repertoire is varied, encompassing Palestrina and Victoria through to Judith Bingham and the occasional light-hearted number.
The Chorale is always interested in hearing from potential members, and anyone wishing to find out more should email Jonathan Allsopp on firstname.lastname@example.org.