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 2016 to August 2017

Our Musical Director is Robert Hamwee and we have had a great first year under his direction performing a Christmas Concert at Swanton Morley, a wonderful concert of Mozart including the Requiem in Dereham and finished the summer with two performances of our Summer Concert, once in Swaffham and once in North Elmham. Our charity in 2017 was Keeping Abreast and we managed to send a large donation following a successful Come and Sing also held in Swaffham.
In August we were lucky enough to win a competition to perform at Blickling Hall at the Great British Prom. An audience of 6000 listened to us performing three items as a warm up act! We then went on to stand in front of the crowd to sing Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and the National Anthem! It was a thoroughly great day out for about 50 members who took part. Well done All! We also managed to fit in a super trip to Germany where we were hosted by the Kammerchor in Ruthen. They are excellent hosts and we all had a fun time!

What we will do September 2017 to July 2018

Christmas is just a few weeks away and we will sing in St Nicholas Church Dereham a selection of famous choruses and a selection of Christmas Carols/Songs. This is on Saturday 9th December
Then we will be going to Norwich Cathedral on Saturday June 2nd to sing Bach B minor Mass,
In between these we will also have a Christmas Party, Quiz night and at least one Come and Sing…so lots to look forward to.

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