Stage with choir on it in Nottingham at Christmas.

An Inspired Christmas Concert returns this December to the Royal Concert Hall, bringing together 500 young singers from Nottinghamshire schools and choirs for its annual showcase

The fantastic young singers from Inspire Music and Nottinghamshire Music Hub’s Primary and Secondary schools will return to the Royal Concert Hall for their annual showcase on Tuesday 6 December, celebrating another fantastic year for Inspire and its partnership with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and The Royal Concert Hall.

The festive, heart-warming event will feature sublime singing from over 500 talented young singers from across Nottinghamshire, who in traditional Christmas fashion are coming together to celebrate the start of the festive season with wonderful carols and new arrangements guaranteed to leave guests full of Christmas cheer. The concert, sponsored by Arc Partnership, will be hosted by well-known BBC journalist John Hess, who has compered the concert since 2016 and traditionally wears a Christmas jumper for the occasion.

The event is a culmination of Inspire Music and Nottinghamshire Music Hub’s continued educational work which reaches over 17,000 children in tuition annually. The organisation’s singing strategy is vibrant from Early Years children to primary years and all the way through secondary school. Nettleworth Infant School pupils form one of the many choirs getting ready for the 2022 Christmas Concert. Others include South Nottinghamshire Academy, The Minster School Southwell and Inspire NHS Choir, who will be joining other rousing voices on the night. Budding musicians AC Trio, Joshua & Jack Todd and Ashley Westlake from Inspire Youth Arts will also be playing some of their latest music for guests in the foyer before the concert and during the interval.

Led by Nottinghamshire Music Hub’s Vocal Lead, Daniela Smith, performances will include mashups of Christmas carols, traditional classics and pitch battles in spectacular fashion. Daniela has held the Vocal Lead post for the Inspire-led Nottinghamshire Music Hub for many years, and she is currently Assistant Musical Director for Vicky McClure’s Our Dementia Choir, also based in Nottingham. Inspire are delighted to confirm that that a special video performance from Our Dementia Choir will be shown at the concert this year for guests and online viewers to enjoy.

Inspire delivers the following services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council: public libraries, archives, arts, Instrumental Music Teaching in schools, Adult Learning, 16-24 College, Nottinghamshire Music Hub and the Education Library Service. Inspire is also an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, delivering a programme for children and young people.

Peter Gaw, INSPIRE, Chief Executive commented;

“We’re thrilled to once again be welcoming talented young singers from our partner schools and choirs to the Royal Concert Hall. Inspire has run this event for six consecutive years now and it continues to be a spirited, inspirational evening of music and singing from some of the young people that we work with across Nottinghamshire. It’s the perfect start to Christmas”.

After successfully live streaming the event to an audience of 1.5k people last year, Inspire will once again be presenting its choir performances on stage, all of which will be live streamed and available to watch online.

Tickets are on sale now at the Royal Concert Hall at £5 for adults and £3 for online/concession/children. To book tickets, visit or call the Royal Concert Hall Box Office on 0115 989 5555.

For further information about An Inspired Christmas Concert 2022: An Inspired Christmas Concert 2022 – Royal Concert Hall Nottingham & ONLINE | Inspire – Culture, Learning, Libraries (

Posted on 24 November 2022

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