Ruddington Community Choir perform at the James Peacock School Community Carnival

Ruddington Community ChoirWhat a lovely, sunny day for the James Peacock School Community Carnival. A great turn-out and a great atmosphere, helped along enormously by the Ruddington Community Choir whose unexpected a cappella version of California Dreamin’ was a triumph!! We witnessed an impressive solo debut by Gary Choo who led the choir in ‘One Love’. Well done also to Will Bracha and his (almost) willing assistants for the impromptu samba band.


“HUGE, HUGE, thank you to you all for your support at the JP Carnival yesterday and, indeed, for the fabulous performance.  I had many, many positive wonderful comments and we have already been invited back to future events!!  I hope you managed to have a look around and enjoy the afternoon also.  Thank you again everyone!” Ruth Keen

Ruddington Community Choir defeats the weather to perform at the Ruddington Methodist Church

Bernie and members of the choir


Despite the Ruddington Festival being cancelled due to waterlogged fields, Ruddington Community Choir was absolutely determined to perform their end of season programme.  So, with the help of choir member Sylvia Sanderson and the ladies of Ruddington Methodist Church, they sang their hearts out at a special concert to coincide with the Ladies’ charity coffee morning and cake sale. Resplendent in red, white and blue, the choir ‘flashmobbed’ outside Ruddington Library to entice the audience inside, before performing their repertoire to an appreciative audience of friends, family and passers-by. A varied programme of pop, gospel and old-time classics such as ‘What a Wonderful World’ culminated in a stirring rendition of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow’s Jubilee anthem ‘Sing’ complete with the beautiful voices of soloists Michelle Dickson and Louise Halliwell. The concert was a fitting finale to the choir’s first season after forming just four months ago.

After a break for the summer, the choir will meet again on Tuesday 4 Sptember before their first event of the Autumn season – Ruddington Family Fun Day on Sunday 8 September.

See and hear the choir here: Festival, Senwa Sedende Festival, Wonderful World; Festival, I’m a Believer (Encore); Festival, Sing

For further details about the choir, including please contact musical director Bernie Bracha: (07735 461083) or Choir Co-ordinator Cathy Troup: (07909 926129)


Ruddington Community Choir Joint Concert

Well done to the Ruddington Community Choir for a fantastic concert this week. It was lovely to perform alongside another, relatively new, community choir, so thanks Victoria for making it happen. Look us up on YouTube:

Following on from that, it’s a real shame that the Ruddington Festival has had to be cancelled (British summertime?) but you can’t keep a good choir down! We’ll be performing at the Ruddington Methodist Church this Saturday 14 July – a fitting finale for a fabulous choir. See the linked press release for further details.

Tea and cakes for sale, courtesy of the Ruddington Methodist Ladies.

The Ruddington Community Choir – created in an afternoon!

On Saturday 3 March, 51 singers of all ages, abilities and experience, from the anxious to the expert, came together at St Peter’s Church for the very first time in a charity event to raise funds for the Ngora Hospital Charity through the Teso Development Trust.

Victoria Barlow, who directs the Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir as well as the William Rhodes Community Choir, started the session with a vocal and physical warm-up before teaching a set of spirituals which were then sung together to create a lively and effective performance.   Musical Director Bernie Bracha then taught three songs: ‘I’m a Believer’, made famous by the Monkees but composed by Neil Diamond, ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley and the Abba song ‘Thank You for the Music’.

Joe Owen leads the Ruddington Community Choir in Bob Marley's 'One Love'

After an exhausting but enjoyable afternoon, the choir gave their first public performance, when they sang all four pieces to an audience of family and friends all of whom were incredulous that such a high standard could be achieved in such a short time. Special congratulations go to Joe Owen who sang the lead in One Love, backed by the choir singing in 3 parts.

The choir was joined in the concert by the Mirabilé Ladies ensemble, who performed a selection of songs they are preparing for the Sangerstevne International Festival on May 12th and their tour of Italy in June.

The concert concluded with the combined voices of the Ruddington Community Choir and Mirabilé singing the highly appropriate ‘Thank You for the Music’.

The whole event was a huge success with over £300 raised for the Ngora charity.

“Congratulations to you all, you were amazing. Such a lot covered in a short space of time. I look forward to your next concert.”


“Many thanks to Bernie, Cathy and everyone involved in organising today. Had a really fun time and can’t believe the results in such a short time with such a large, disparate group. Really excited to have been a small part of it and now eagerly looking forward to rehearsals. Thanks again!”


Listen to a recording of the songs we performed here:

Wade in the Water

I’m a Believer

One Love

Thank You for the Music Recording 2



The choir will meet again for their first official rehearsal on Tuesday 13th March when they will learn the Easter anthem from the People’s Passion composed by Sasha Johnson Manning and lyrics by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts. ( as well as a new repertoire of familiar pop and gospel classics.

To find out more, e-mail musical director Bernie Bracha at  or choir co-ordinator Cathy Troup  at