Listen to the choir:

The choir of St Mary Magdalene, Newark is one of the finest and oldest of its type. Made up of both boy and girl choristers, "Magnus scholars" and adult volunteers, they sing for the 9.30am Parish Eucharist and 5.00pm Choral Evensong each Sunday and assorted civic services and events across the year. The choristers also sing Choral Evening Prayer on a Wednesday at 6.05pm during term time..

The choir is professionally led by the Director of Music (sometimes known as the Master of the Song School), Dr Stephen Bullamore. He is supported by the Assistant Organist, Mike Dutton, who both plays the organ and assists with the training of the young people in the choir. The music for the church is supported financially by the Thomas Magnus Foundation. This enables the choristers and "Magnus scholars” to be offered music lessons to support their learning.

The music that the choir sings encompasses a vast range of repertoire, from Gregorian chant, through Tudor verse services, Classical Mass settings and great Romantic anthems to twenty-first century music. They have recently sung in Ely, Peterborough and Southwell Cathedrals and enjoyed a visit to St Mary’s, Hendon for a joint service. 

Choristers (School Years 2-8)

The Director of Music welcomes contact from the parents of would-be choristers -  information leaflet.

Magnus Scholars

Three Magnus Choral Scholarships worth £1000 per year are currently available Click here for information. 

Adult singers

Volunteer adults (of all voice parts) should make contact via the email address below.

The choir rehearses on Friday evening in the Song School.