On Saturday December 10th 1988, Nottingham University Adult Education Centre Choir gave its very first concert. The Founder/Conductor was Geoffrey Moore, his wife Evelyn was the accompanist. Over the subsequent few years the choir flourished under Geoffrey's baton, with concerts performed on a fairly regular basis.

In 1998 however, Geoffrey had to retire due to ill health, whilst Evelyn devoted herself to nursing him. During the time it took to find a new conductor, the choir took a break.

During 1999, the choir was unable to find a permanent leader. Judy Garlick, the Centre Manager, did everything possible to find a replacement, but the choir membership went down to 18, and the future was not looking very bright. Nevertheless, a happy ending (or should that be beginning) was in sight, and the choir was informed that from January 15th 2000, the new conductor, Marjorie Rogers, would be wielding her baton!

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Needless to say, although the choir was very pleased with the news, they were a little apprehensive, but all doubts were soon dispelled. Marjorie proved to be a hard taskmaster, but with a great sense of humour. The choir was asked to suggest what kind of music they would like to sing, and from that list came an excellent and varied repertoire.

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On March 30th 2000, the reformed choir, with guest accompanist Heather Fox, gave its first concert. Tickets were £2.00 each, and all proceeds were donated to the Indian Earthquake Gujarat Appeal. The programme ranged from Madrigals of the 13th Century, Negro Spirituals, Cole Porter, and our piece de resistance, Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo.

By Christmas 2000, the choir was ready to give its second concert - a mixture of Christmas music, carols (with audience participation), readings, both serious and light-hearted, and, on this occasion, Marjorie conducted and accompanied. To add to the Christmas spirit, choir members provided mince pies and wine, which proved very popular. Sine then, membership has continued to grow, and especially welcome were the men! By September 2005, the choir had 18 men and 48 ladies - a grand total of 67! 

In September 2017, Tina Hewitt became the new musical director. The chairman had informed the choir over the summer break that Marjorie would be unable to carry on leading the choir due to family reasons.

The range of music the choir now sings is quite impressive. From 13th Century Madrigals, sacred music, folk songs, classical pieces and "songs from the shows", plus humorous settings of various nonsense poems.

Whether for rehearsal, concerts or social gatherings, there is always a warm friendly buzz amongst the members, and we rarely lose folk. We have husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters (we are working on the sons!), plus lots of friends, with many new friendships made too!

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