Music, choirs and festivals

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy and get involved with live music and singing locally.

Festivals in Newark and Sherwood

  • Bilsthorpe Community Choir

Bilsthorpe Community Choir is open to all local people with the objective of promoting community cohesion, wellbeing and fun social interaction through the enjoyment of singing. No experience is necessary just a willingness to join in.

The choir meet up every other Thursday evening at The Green Centre, Valley Approach, Bilsthorpe.

If you would like to find out more please contact Reverend Anna Alls

  • Dukeries Singers

Mixed voice choir. Choral singing weekly at the Dukeries Complex, Whinney Lane, New Ollerton with concert performances 8 to 10 times per year. For more information contact their concert secretary on 01623 822070.

  • Gate to Southwell Festival

Visit the Gate to Southwell Festival website for the latest information about how you can get involved.

  • HopBarn Southwell

Centre for music and creative performance with dedicated space for resident artists and a venue for a programme of regular music events and performances. Contact or call 01636 813621. Visit

  • Just Sing

Just Sing is Newark's Community Choir with over 60 members who sing for fun. The choir is friendly and open to everyone. There is no audition needed or the need to read music. Admission is by donation on alternate Saturday mornings 10am to 12pm at the Congregational Church Hall, off Hatton Gardens, Newark. 

To find out more about the choir visit or email choir director Peter Higgins

You can also watch a documentary about the choir here.  

  • Newark Amateur Operatic Society

NAOS has been in existence for over 75 years. In recent years they have produced many successful shows which are well received by audiences. Call 07835 291295 or e-mail or follow on facebook

  • Newark and Sherwood Concert Band

Newark and Sherwood Concert Band currently has over 50 members. They rehearse on Tuesday each week at Castle House, NG24 1BY.

We can be contacted via our website at or via our Facebook page 

  • Newark Community Band

Newark Community Band is a newly formed band playing popular modern songs. They help at local events and local charity fundraising events.

The band welcomes new members and they practice once a month under the leadership of Andrew Coe. If you play brass, woodwind or percussion please get in touch. 

Please email Andrew for more information 

  • Newark Music Club

Promoting six concerts a year in the season starting in October ending in April/May. Trips to Nottingham Royal Concert Hall are arranged for members. We also organise recorded music evenings on the first Friday of every month at Barnbygate Town Club. Concert also at Kelham Hall and Barnbygate Methodist Church. Contact  Mrs D Robertson on 01636 705505.

  • Newark Town Band

Newark Town’s very own brass band has over 50 years of rich musical history, providing quality entertainment in the field of brass music both within Newark and the surrounding area. Contact them via their facebook and twitter accounts.

  • Nottingham Boys Choir

Age 6 up, rehearsals Wednesday evenings. Learn, have fun and perform. For more information visit

  • Major Oak Chorus

Meeting at Lindsay Morgan Hall, Marshall Hill Drive, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 6FY.

Contact Paul Jeffery 07966 910201 or

Visit (Men only, women will be referred to the sister chorus Lace City Chorus.)

  • Southwell Choral Society

Southwell Choral society perform a variety choral works in the historic Minster setting. Rehearsals are held in the Minster School on Monday evenings in term time from 7.30pm -9.15pm.

New members will be made most welcome. Please contact Wendy Bowler by calling 01636 814122 or email for further details or visit

  • Southwell Minster Chorale

The Minster Choral is a friendly choir that meets once a week and performs services and occasional concerts in Southwell Minster throughout the year.

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Simon Hogan at For more information visit

  • Southwell Music Festival

Visit the Southwell Music Festival website for the latest information about how you can get involved.

Find out more about the Festival Friends scheme and about the planned festival performances and opportunities for young people and local musicians.

  • Southwell Orchestral Society

A community orchestra meeting every Wednesday evening in the WI Hall throughout the year from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Players of any instrument at any standard are always welcome. Contact the Hon Secretary John Sheppard 01636 815108 or visit

  • Village Ventures

The Village Ventures programme brings live music to our rural locations across the district. Find out how to become a local promoter or to find an event near you by visiting Live and Local Nottinghamshire.

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