MNS, Chanot Ensemble, Robert Hamwee


Welcome to the Mid-Norfolk Singers website.

The Mid-Norfolk Singers were established in 1946 as an educational evening class. Over the years we have grown in numbers to approximately 85, and have expanded our repertoire as a consequence, but the basis of our constitution remains the same, ‘The education of our members and the general public, in the art and appreciation of choral music’.  As a choir we receive no financial support from local government and so our work is dependent upon our members and of the general public support of our performances.


We give three performances a year generally Christmas, Easter and Summer, our selection of music reflects these occasions. At Christmas we alternate between a concert of audience based Christmas music, and a concert of the great choral Christmas works e.g. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, or St.Matthew Passion at Easter. The summer concert is a relaxed and light-hearted affair and is sometimes given on behalf of a local charity as a means of contributing to their needs. These concerts are given in local venues, St Nicholas church, Dereham and St Peter & St Paul Church in Swaffham are two of our favourites. However we also perform at smaller village churches usually once a year. We have, over the years given several world premier performances. The rock opera ‘Exodus’ and the ‘Gettysburg Address’ as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, whose family came from Swanton Morley, and given the regional premier of ‘On Christmas Night’ by Bob Chilcott. We have the aspiration of performing larger works by combining with neighbouring choral societies.

We have a three term year, autumn, spring and summer which covers approximately ten months of the year. During the year there are also social events as fundraisers but principally times of enjoyment for members and families. We have a connection with the choir of Ruthen in Germany, a twinned town of Dereham. We usually meet biennially, here or in Germany, the home choir hosting the visitors.

What we did from September 2017 to August 2018

We started our year with a Christmas Concert in St Nicholas Church, Dereham in December and followed that with a performance of JS Bach’s B Minor Mass in Norwich Cathedral in June. This was a particularly great achievement and we look forward to the next ‘big’ concert…maybe in 2020!

What we are doing from September 2018

The Christmas Concert was a wonderful affair that took place in St Mary’s Church, Watton in front of a large, enthusiastic audience. We performed Jazzy Christmas Songs, The Little Jazz Mass (Chilcott) and a good selection of traditional carols.
We are now rehearsing for our concert in April which will be held at St Peter and St Paul Church in Castle Acre. The programme consists of various items from Finzi, Bruckner, Mendelssohn and Elgar. It should be fantastic.
In the summer our concert is being held in Saham Toney and we are hoping to have a programme of English folk songs and American Spirituals

Come and Sing
Saturday June 22nd 2019
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances
Swaffham Church, 10-6, £12
Details will be available soon on the Come and Sing page

If you are considering joining us you would be most welcome. You will be quickly made to feel part of a forward looking and enterprising choir to which you will be encouraged to contribute.

Jane Fannon
Chairman of Mid-Norfolk Singers