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


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