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

                                                                                                     Our season closed at the end of June for the summer break.

We will be back rehearsing on Friday 6th September when our new concert programme will be announced.
















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 at Christ's Church, Cinderhill 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 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 to register your interest.



Here's what other people have said about us recently:

'We have been pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it was to organise our concert and generate a useful sum towards our ever-increasing costs.'

'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 marvellous evening, so glad I could make it. Excellent choice of music and poetry-well done and massive thank you to all your singing 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!'

The first half of 'Winter Warmer' was simply magical. I'm told the second half will be even is this possible?!

'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  in addition to 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 Cancer Research UK, the Notts/ Lincs Air Ambulance, the Stroke Association and Alzheimer's research.

This year we have opted to support Emmanuel House in Nottingham city centre.  At a time of real economic hardship, the number of homeless people in our community is growing rapidly. Helping them through our music gives us a real sense of satisfaction as well as raising awareness of this very challenging issue right in our midst. 

The earlier picture shows Denis Tully, the CEO of Emmanuel House, receiving a cheque for a thousand pounds from Philip Hurt, our chairman. (9th Feb 2024).

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 2023/24
Nottingham University music department

The Bluecoat Singers (formerly the Bluecoat Gilbert & Sullivan Company) are pleased to be able to support this competition again this year, the fifth time we have sponsored a prize. This year we were delighted to give the sum of £250 to talented French horn player Joshua Davis in the semi-finals of the competition. 

Congratulations Joshua! We hope he will join us for one of our concerts when you can hear for yourselves how good he is...

Huge congratulations to our pianist Helen Tooth who has recently won the health & well-being categoryin this year's prestigeous 'Celebrating Rushcliffe' awards.            
 Her Joyful Jukebox singalong sessions have helped so many dementia patients across the borough. 
Well done Helen!
You can read and hear more by clicking this link:

Nottingham Bluecoat Singers -making a great sound together for over sixty years

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