About the Choir

Quarternotes is an open access community choir based in the Northern Quarter of  Manchester city centre. Its members, however, are not new to the UK singing community, having performed previously as Picturehouse Choir at various events including the Street Choirs Festival.

Quarternotes is recruiting new members now. See this flyer for more details:

Quarternotes neighbourhood flyer

The choir is an acapella performance choir with no auditions, no requirement to read music and with all songs being taught by ear by our MD (Musical Director), NVN (Natural Voice Network) member Anita Ward. Members of the choir also participate in Sing for Water North, held each June and Sing for Water London in September. The former event has raised almost £30,000 for Water Aid and the latter, since its establishment, has raised £1 million. An example of our singing can be found below:

Crossing the Bar was recorded by members of Quarternotes and the former Picturehouse Choir under the musical direction of Jules Gibb.

We rehearse every Wednesday evening, 5.15pm to 7.15pm; our rehearsal room is located in  Central Hall on Oldham St in central Manchester. Please check out the calendar for forthcoming sessions and holiday breaks.

Sing for Water, london 2019

A beautiful, fund raising event in the September sunshine. Some members of choir members enjoying the singing and the post-event sunshine.

Quarternotes on tour…

A thank you from the John Rylands Library

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all and hear you sing. We all enjoyed it so much and the audience did too! We’ll be popping some things on social media so have a look on The John Rylands Instagram page.

Singing works so well in the Library and it’s such an uplifting activity that I’m sure you’ll be back here so I’ll stay in touch.

Outdoor busking for Marie-Curie April 7 2018

Email enquiries can be directed to sing@quarternotes.uk.

Manchester Together – One Voice: a City Thank You