Upcoming Events

Some of our upcoming events - please click on the event or the "Calendar" link below for full event details.
OUR NEXT CONCERT – An evening with Henry Purcell – Saturday 19th May 2018

The sublime music of Henry Purcell comes to St Peter’s Church, Ruddington on Saturday 19th May 2018. The Ruddington and District Choral Society, along with their associated orchestra The Ruddington Chamber Ensemble, are performing Purcell’s much loved “Dido and Aeneas” alongside smaller works including “Rejoice in the Lord alway (The Bell Anthem)” and “I was glad when they said unto me.” The choir and orchestra are again joined by soloists from the University of Nottingham. The concert is in St Peter’s Church Ruddington on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 including refreshments and are available on the door.

FUTURE CONCERT – Schubert’s Mass in G and other works on Saturday 24th November

Saturday 24th November 2018 will see a number of well known choral works being performed in St Peter’s Church, Ruddington at 7:30pm. The Ruddington and District Choral Society, along with their associated orchestra The Ruddington Chamber Ensemble, will perform Schubert’s Mass in G, Rheinberger’s Stabat Mater, alongside a selection of shorter works including Bach’s “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring” Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” and Brahms’ “How lovely are thy dwellings fair.” There will also be instrumental offerings from the orchestra and the concert features University of Nottingham musicians Rebecca Sarginson (Mezzo-Soprano) and James Farmer (Bass). Tickets are £10 including refreshments.


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 2018 will be on Monday 8th January 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 holds a variety of diplomas in conducting, performance and composition. A former assistant cathedral organist, Paul is now an active musician in the Midlands and around the UK. 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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