Upcoming Events

Some of our upcoming events - please click on the event or the "Calendar" link below for full event details.
Christmas Concert 2017

We invite you to our concert of music in preparation for Christmas on Saturday 9th December 2017 in St Peter’s Church, Ruddington, starting at 7.30pm. Our choir and orchestra, alongside soloists from the University of Nottingham, will perform Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and his Wachet Auf Cantata, as well as Corelli’s Christmas Concerto.

Garden Party 12.08.17

We will be holding our annual Garden Party on August 12th 2017. To check out last year’s event, please click the picture above.


We meet for rehearsal every Monday evening during school terms, from 7.15 to 9.15, at St Peter’s Junior School in Ruddington, NG11 6GB. We start each September, and finish sometime after Easter, depending on the concert schedule. The first rehearsal of the 2017/18 season will be on Monday 4th September in St Peter’s Church, Ruddington, thereafter on Monday evenings at St Peter’s School, Ruddington


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Ruddington is a large village some five miles south of Nottingham. Ruddington and District Choral Society was formed in 1962 as part of local evening class provision. When the Local Education Authority ceased to fund such activities for adults, the choir became independent. Membership fluctuates, but currently there are some sixty or so members who meet on Monday evenings in Saint Peter’s Junior School, generally following the school terms until Spring Bank Holiday when we break for the summer. Occasionally we rehearse in Ruddington Parish Church, the venue for many of our concerts. We participate in a small number of concerts each year, accompanied usually by organ or by a small group of instrumentalists. We generally give a charity concert at Christmas time, performing a Community Messiah (with audience participation) or a carol concert in alternating years. A genuine welcome is offered to new members who wish to join the choir, which can be initiated by activating ‘join’, above.

Ruddington and District Choral Society

Members of our Choral Society
Paul Hayward
Paul Hayward
Musical Director
Paul Hayward has been the Musical Director since January 2016. Paul read music at the University of Wales, Bangor, and there developed a reputation as a conductor. A career in music followed graduation, allowing Paul to specialise in sacred music, choir training and composition. He is an experienced conductor, having worked with a large variety of choirs and ensembles on works such as Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Verdi’s Requiem. He chooses, rehearses and directs the music for the choir.
Michael Overbury
Michael Overbury
Michael Overbury has been the accompanist since January 2016. He was brought up surrounded by classical music and it has been an integral part of his life ever since. He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge universities and has performed with countless choirs across the Midlands. He has also worked as a choral conductor and is a regular contributor to Organists’ Review.
The Orchestra
The Orchestra
The Ruddington Chamber Ensemble is the choir’s associated orchestra, drawn from a pool of local musicians who come and play with the choir for some of their concerts. The orchestra accompanies choral works, also performing items on their own. One of the aims of Ruddington & District Choral Society, laid down in its Constitution, is to promote the performance of both choral and instrumental works, both on their own and separately.

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