Upcoming Events

Some of our upcoming events, please click on the event or the "Calendar" link below for full event details.
2023 rehearsals

Our first rehearsal of 2023 is on Monday 9th January at St Peter’s Junior School, Ruddington. We run from 7.15 – 9.15pm with a break in the middle. Please come early to collect your music. Repertoire this term is Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Purcell’s Come ye sons of art, and Purcell’s Thou knowest, Lord. Members old and new are very welcome – contact us or just turn up!

Holidays this term

There is no rehearsal on 13th February or 10th April. We are rehearsing in church on 3rd April, 1st May and 8th May. The concert is on Saturday 13th May at St Peter’s Church. Rehearsal for choir is 1.30pm – 4pm. Concert 7.30pm.

Next concert: Saturday 13th May 2023 at 7.30pm

Our next concert is “a birthday, a funeral and a coronation.” Featuring Handel’s Coronation Anthems (a week after the coronation of HM The King), Purcell’s Birthday Ode “Come, ye sons of art” and an excerpt from his Funeral Music for Queen Mary. The choir is joined by the Ruddington Chamber Ensemble and invited soloists. Further details nearer the time.

Come and Try Us Morning – Sat 14th January 10-12

We are hosting our termly “come and try us” morning on Saturday 14th January between 10am and 12noon at St Peter’s Church, Ruddington. Come along for a sing through some of Handel’s Coronation Anthems, and bring a friend if you can. These new initiatives are to help those who are thinking about joining us by giving a time outside of usual rehearsals for anyone to come along and see what we are and what we do. Music provided.


Click to view our Latest News articles.

About US

Want to be happy? Join a choir!

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. He read music at the University of Wales, Bangor with postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen, as well as holding a variety of diplomas in conducting, composition and organ performance. 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.

Messages of Support

Contact us

If you are interested in joining or have any other enquiries, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.