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Nottingham Playhouse launch large-scale community choir

Nottingham Playhouse’s first community choir session – Photo credit: Fraser Youngson

Nottingham Playhouse has started its very own in-house choir, following the success of its 100-strong community production Coram Boy.

The first, free taster session – which took place on Thursday 28 November 2019 – proved hugely popular, with 80 places filling instantly. The Playhouse is still on the lookout for people to get involved. No previous experience is necessary, and the relaxed, informal approach makes it perfect for those who have never been in a choir.

Choir master Alex Patterson is Director of Music at Nottingham Cathedral and an experienced community choir leader. He was also Musical Director for Coram Boy. Songs will be connected to the Playhouse’s artistic programme, with potential opportunities to perform at the Playhouse itself.

Alex Patterson, Head of the Nottingham Playhouse Choir said: “There was something really special about working on Coram Boy – the cast and choir wanted to do more, and I think that’s because of how fun and inclusive we made the whole experience.

The choir will continue that strong legacy, with open doors to everyone who wants to give singing a go. It has the potential to be something really different that will embrace Nottingham’s diversity and spirit.”

Martin Berry, Head of Participation at Nottingham Playhouse added: “Following the huge success of Coram Boy earlier this year, we are thrilled to announce that we will be starting our very own choir.

Over the coming months, we hope that people of all ages and backgrounds will join us in creating what we think will be the best choir in the city. There are no auditions – participants just need a willingness to take part and sing.”

Choir sessions will be held every Thursday at the College Street Centre from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Each session will cost £5.

It will also continue Nottingham Playhouse’s long-standing tradition for working with – and for – local people. Examples of this includes its In House drama group which works with those at risk or with experience of homelessness, and free SHINE community youth theatres. Its 50:50 scheme donates tickets to charities and community groups, plus Pay What You Can performances allow people to pay any sum of money for a ticket.

For more information and to sign up head to: nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/participation/community or call 0115 94109419.