Nottingham Cathedral Choir & Alex Patterson

Biography Nottingham Cathedral Choir & Alex Patterson

Alex Patterson
is a Northern Irish-born composer and conductor based in Nottingham. He is Director of Music at Nottingham Cathedral and conducts many community groups in the region:

Alex studied at the University of Nottingham and later at Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in composition and opera. Since graduating seven years ago, Alex has developed a wealth of experience as a choral animateur, particularly for community and youth music-making, and leads singing workshops across the East Midlands with people of all ages and abilities. He has also conducted a range of major works including Monteverdi's Vespers​, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, both Duruflé’s and Fauré’s Requiem, and the musical thriller Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.

Between his various conducting duties and also working for Arts Council England, Alex is a freelance composer. He has written a wealth of choral music which has been performed all over the world, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and published by Banks Music Publications and composed music for a range of organisations from Music for Everyone to Streetwise Opera. He is also a trustee for the Binns Organ Trust and Finzi Trust.

The Cathedral Choir
is a combination of auditioned local singers and our Choral Scholars. They rehearse each Friday from 7.30-9pm for the 11.15am Solemn Mass each Sunday, occasional Choral Vespers (about once a month at 3.45pm on Sundays) and major Diocesan events. Repertoire spans from plainsong, music by the great Renaissance masters (Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, Byrd, etc.) through Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, French music by Duruflé, Fauré, Poulenc, and Widor, through to Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten and contemporary music by Jonathan Dove, Cecilia McDowall and Howard Skempton.

In addition to performing music to enhance the liturgy, the Cathedral Choir maintains a lively concert schedule throughout the year. In addition to major works, the choir enjoys performing lesser known gems from the choral repertoire. Recent highlights have included the Monteverdi Vespers, the first contemporary performance of Requiem for an Unknown Soldier by John Carol Case and Gerald Finzi’s Requiem da Camera. They have recorded numerous CDs and gained an excellent reputation both national and overseas as a result of tours abroad. Previous tours have visited Hong Kong, Rome (including singing Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican), Tuscany, Munich , Ulster and most recently, Barcelona and Northern Italy (with performances in Mantua, Padua, Verona and Venice).

New members are always welcome to join this friendly and open choir. Experienced singers wishing to be considered for membership are required to take an audition with the Director of Music, during which vocal, aural and sight-reading skills will be assessed. ​

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