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The Nottingham Bluecoat Singers 
-We sing for friendship and fun!

 We are an experienced choir based in Nottingham that enjoys singing a wide variety of music. We would be delighted to sing for you to raise money for good causes or simply to entertain you. We welcome new members, especially tenors or basses.  Please view our Concerts and Events and the Why not join us sections below for details of what we've got planned or about coming to sing with us.

Singing across the city and the county 
for over 60 years

Stephen Godward, our illustrious musical director and composer


What we do...

Under the guidance of our musical director Stephen Godward we have a variety of concert programmes which we can offer to community and charity based organisations as fundraising opportunities. In the last 10 years or so we have performed in over 100 local concerts and raised thousands of pounds for community projects and good causes all over the county. Every year we put on a major 'Sing Christmas' concert and our own in-house show to raise funds for a major charity. Over the years we have performed in national and international competitions with some success and have supported many of the famous names in the music world when they visit the East Midlands. Several of our members belong to other operatic societies and musical groups in and around Nottingham. We have a good social programme too that includes theatre trips, BBQs and afternoon garden parties.

 

Events and concerts

Saturday 26th March 2022   7:30pm

St John’s Church, 

Brook Street Sutton in Ashfield

NG17 1ES

Saturday 23rd April 2022   7:30pm

Rise Park Methodist Church 

Revelstoke Way

Nottingham NG5 5EB

Buy your tickets via:

01159 531903 

Saturday 25th June 2022   7:30pm

Ravensworth Road 

Methodist Church

Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8FN

 

 

 

 

 

Why not join us?

If you have a hankering to sing and can hold a tune in your head reasonably well, then we would be pleased to welcome you to our Friday evening rehearsals. We start at 7.30 pm under the watchful gaze of our musical director and usually sing for a couple of hours, with a tea break and chat at half-time.

Whilst the ability to read music is a help, it is by no means essential. What is more important is a willingness to throw yourself into a new and exciting world of music that could exploit your creative talents.

Do come and join us ...we guarantee you will have a lot of fun, make new friends and might even become a star of the show!  Email admin@bluecoatsingers.org for more details.

How we can help you

We try to plan our programmes and calendar of events for the coming season well in advance and have a number of diary dates available when we could perform for worthwhile causes within reasonable driving distance of Nottingham. If you belong to an organisation and are looking for a quality attraction to:

  • help with your fundraising activity
  • celebrate an anniversary
  • entertain at a family/works event

then we would be pleased to hear from you to see if we can include your event in our list of engagements.

We charge a small fee to cover our expenses (the costs of our rehearsal rooms, pianist accompaniment etc) but apart from that all the money you make on ticket and raffle sales is yours - an easy way to raise around £500+ and have a great time in the process!

Please contact our events organiser via events@bluecoatsingers.org to register your interest.

 

Feedback

Here's what other people have said about us in the past:

'What a super evening on Saturday, the choir was superb with a great selection of solos and choral items.'

'What a fabulous array of talent you possess between you!  The singing was of course excellent, poems, jokes etc most entertaining and the programme was delightfully varied.'

'Thanks for a wonderful evening, so glad I could make it. Excellent choice of music and poetry-well done and massive thank you to all your friends.'

'A wonderful and hugely talented group, the Bluecoat Singers sang beautifully and were so well received everywhere they performed whilst raising invaluable funds for us. We had so much fun working with the whole team!'

'Christmas isn't Christmas unless we've been to a Bluecoat concert. It's simply magical.'

'I've been to lots of Bluecoat concerts but this one was by far the best I've heard.'

Our nominated charity

Each year we nominate our own charity to support  as well as singing to raise funds for local organisations. We put on two concerts annually ourselves and these help to cover our rehearsal costs and the purchase of new music. At the end of the season any unused cash is donated to a worthy cause.  In recent years we have supported Diabetes UK, the Notts/ Lincs Air Ambulance, the local Stroke Association and research into Parkinsons.

For our current season we have chosen to support Cancer Research UK. In January 2022 we were able to present their local relationship manager with a cheque for £560 as part of the proceeds from this year's fundraising activities. Two of the 'Singers' are undergoing cancer treatment right now and of course we want to support them and others who are fighting the same battle.

This is how we sound!

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Nottingham Young Musician of the Year 

The Bluecoat Singers are delighted to be sponsoring this event again in 2021/22
Nottingham University music department
https://nymyblog.wordpress.com/dates-and-venue/
 

The Bluecoat Singers (formerly the Bluecoat Gilbert & Sullivan Company) have been making music together for over sixty years and are pleased to support this competition. This is the fourth time we have sponsored a prize and this year we were delighted to give the sum of £250 to talented pianist Sebastian Wang in the semi-finals of the competition. 

Congratulations to Sebastian! We look forward to hearing a lot more of him in the future...

Our pianist Helen has over 30 years experience leading sing-along interactive music sessions, catering for all ages from 6 months to 90 years, working with schools, nurseries, care homes and community groups. She is the leader of the Nottinghamshire charity Musicworks’ award winning Heron Music Café for Wellbeing. 
You can read and hear more by clicking this link: https://joyfuljukebox.wordpress.com/
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Nottingham Bluecoat Singers -making a great sound together for over sixty years

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