quality concerts by talented local professional musicians
supporting commuinity building at St Mary's
machellmusic is like a micro-brewery:
small, niche, locally brewed,
and very, very tasty!


It is a delight to bring the fresh sound of our home-grown professional musicians to Lowdham, thereby giving them a concert platform and helping to build the community at St Mary’s into the bargain.  What an asset the church is, with its beautiful location, fantastic parking, superb acoustic, and the sweet tone of the Bechstein piano!


At our concerts we always have a back-projection screen where we display lyrics of songs - making it much easier to enjoy the full effect. A complimentary interval glass of wine (or tea, or coffee) is always there. We always take a collection to support the upkeep of the building in these financially challenging times. Another innovation is to provide smell-sticks with aromas appropriate to certain musical items. It’s a complete sensory experience!


We are happy to announce our 2019-2020 programme:

Sunday 17 November 7.30 St Mary’s Church

What would your top ten list of good reads be, I wonder? Join our five actor-singers (Sarah, Sam, Hannah, Guy and me) for another world premiere, a sketch-show comedy musical entitled


It’s a madcap romp through the world of best-sellers, featuring Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, William Blake and a host of others we can’t name in our publicity for legal reasons - but you can probably guess who they are! Tickets £10 from Lowdham Bookcase.


Music Appreciation Class

Five monthly evenings, Jan-May, probably third Thursday of the month, (to be confirmed). Contact davidmachell@gmail.com for details of central Lowdham venue and price.

A chance to spend an evening listening to the best of classical music, with your knowledgeable guide David (former Cambridge Choral Scholar, Durham BMus and Fellow of Trinity College, London). Last year’s topics included English Choral Music, Music and the Dance, Mostly Mozart, English Song. 

“GLORIOUS” (choral concert) 7.30 Saturday 25 April 2020 at St Mary's Church. Incanto Phoenix Chamber Choir.

For lovers of choral music, this is not to be missed. Renaissance and Tudor masterpieces (Victoria, Byrd, Weelkes) and four original pieces from the region’s leading choral composers - Guy Turner. Max Taylor, Colin Wolfe. The concert features David’s GLORIA (which many will remember from the Nottingham Bach Society’s superb performance in 2012).

Tickets £10 from Lowdham Bookcase.


Saturday 11 July 2020 St Mary's Church:


featuring the vocal and story-telling talents of lyric soprano HANNAH McDONALD, with ROBERT PARKER (Horn) 

Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, Folksong and Comedy.

Saturday 3 October 2020 St Mary's Church

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Concert: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Robert Parker plays the Beethoven Horn Sonata, supported by David’s Horn Sonata. Stunning violinist Andrew Chadwick plays the first movement of Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata. He then switches to viola for David’s “Autumn” Sonata. Specially chosen aromas will be issued in the form of smell-sticks to enhance the experience of the seasons. Antony Clare plays Beethoven piano repertoire on our beautiful Bechstein. We are also delighted to welcome back old friends, the Flute Choir of Nottingham Girls’ High School, who will play Beethoven arrangements… and it wouldn’t be a machellmusic concert if there weren’t some light-hearted good humour - but no spoilers!

machellmusic is a group of talented local professional musicians dedicated to bringing high quality concerts to Lowdham, based at St Mary's Church. You may have already seen them in action (Southwell Minster Lunchtime Concerts, Bring-a-Bag Charity Cabaret, "Music and Tea at St Mary's", "By George" Handel Lecture Recital) with their director, composer-conductor Dave Machell ("Famous Lincolnshire", "Song of Koinonia", "Gloria", "Wind in the Willows", "High Wire", Horn Concerto, Horn Sonata). For more about our performers see the BIO pages on this site!.

Where can I hear David Machell's Music?

Go to SOUNDCLOUD.COM and type in davidmachellcomposer