Welcome to the Bailiffgate Singers Website

The Nativity Carol by John Rutter was performed by the Bailiffgate Singers on Saturday 9th December 2017 at St Mary’s Church, Lesbury in Northumberland.

About the

Bailiffgate Singers

The Bailiffgate Singers was formed in 2005 and named after our rehearsal venue – The Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick. We are a mixed choir based in Alnwick singing for the sheer pleasure of making music.

We usually rehearse three programmes of work each year – spring, summer and Christmas – with two or three concerts at the end of each term. We tend to sing one, longer, classical work, and several short pieces (folk, popular, show songs, gospel, classical and more). Our concerts are lively, sociable events, interspersed with readings and poetry.

We have worked with local composers to develop and perform new music, and sometimes collaborate with other local ensembles as part of larger musical productions. The breadth of our repertoire ensures that there is always something for everyone.

For bookings at weddings or other occasions, please contact us via email at: enquiries@bailiffegatesingers.co.uk

Musical Director

Caroline Fentiman

Our Musical Director, Caroline Fentiman, is an accomplished and experienced musician.

She has sung in many different choirs for over 20 years, both as a chorus member and as a soloist. As a choral director, she has led community and school ensembles. As well as singing, Caroline plays the piano, clarinet and ukulele and works as an instrumental and singing tutor.

Caroline trained at Guildford School of Acting and Southbank University, London, she then toured with national theatre companies for several years before having children. She also works as a special needs teacher, teaching music to young people with social, emotional and behavioural issues. She has taken on a variety of artistic ventures in Northumberland, both musical and theatrical. With her broad interest in different musical genres, she has taken the Bailiffgate Singers to new heights.


Simon Brett

Our Accompanist, Simon Brett, joined the choir at the very end of 2017 and made a tremendous impression within his first few months in the role. He is a very skilled and talented musician, accomplished especially on the organ, other keyboards and various free-reed instruments. He also holds various diplomas with prizes from the Royal College of Organists and Associated Board.

He soon proved to be an excellent addition to the choir and was particularly noticeable for his performance on the button accordion at our concert at the Sage in Gateshead in May 2018.



We meet every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick, close to the entrance of Alnwick Castle.

We welcome new members for all sections of the choir, why don’t you join us? No audition is required.

If you require help or advice, please contact us on enquiries@bailiffgatesingers.co.uk




Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth

Saturday 23rd March 2019, 7.30pm
Victoriana: A selection of music from the 19th Century
Link to Poster

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick Spring Concert

Saturday 18th May 2019 (Afternoon Event)

Weardale Singers in Stanhope

Saturday 29th June 2019
Joint concert with Weardale Singers in Stanhope

St Michael’s Hall, Alnwick

Saturday 7th July 2019
Joint concert with Weardale Singers

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Help Support

Bailiffgate Singers

Please support us by becoming a friend of the Bailiffgate Singers.

As well as singing for the sheer pleasure of making music, the choir gives concerts throughout the district, helping to raise money for a variety of causes

The Bailiffgate Singers relies on the support of the Friends to help meet the financial and administrative requirements of staging the concerts.

You can become a friend and help the choir by paying an annual donation of £10.00 single membership or £17.00 joint membership

In return we will:

  • Keep you informed of events and activities
  • Give you priority bookings for all concerts and provide tickets at a 10% discount*
  • Provide opportunities for you to socialise with the choir members

* Several friends help out at concerts by selling tickets, arranging the raffle and providing refreshments, in which case any charges for tickets are waived.

We will acknowledge your donation and add your name to our database.

If you choose to add gift aid to your donation, you can add a further contribution through the Inland Revenue, taken from any income tax you are currently paying.

For more information please contact us using any of the methods below.

Contact Details

For more information on the Bailiffgate Singers or any of its activities, or to join the Friends please get in touch:

01665 572 791


Jamie Wanless - Chairman

Mary Bambrough - Secretary

Kate Ferguson - Treasurer

Kate Allen - Committee Member

Dilys Carter - Committee Member

Veda Robinson - Committee Member

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