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The Northampton Bach Choir is one of the foremost choruses in the region, and the largest choir in the county, numbering some 130 singers.

It owes its formation to Denys Pouncey, a former organist of St Matthew’s Church, giving its first concert there on Palm Sunday 1935. During its time it has nurtured a series of young, enthusiastic, not to say visionary, musical directors, many of whom have gone on to forge careers of national and international significance....
  Lee Dunleavy’s life-long passion for choral music began at St Peter’s Church in Harrogate, where he served as Organ Scholar and worked alongside the distinguished composer Philip Wilby in a number of première performances. He read Music at Hertford College, in the University of Oxford, as Organ Scholar and later Director of Chapel Music. As Manager and member of the Oxford University Orchestra, he worked with such esteemed conductors as Douglas Boyd, Peter Stark...
  Recorded in the glorious acoustic of St. Mary’s Church, Wellingborough, the Northampton Bach Choir are joined by the Choirs of All Saints’ Church, Northampton, to raise the roof with over 150 singers! Under their Director of Music, Lee Dunleavy, and with Stephen Meakins accompanying on piano, our new disc juxtaposes sacred and secular carols, in fresh new arrangements by North American composers....
  We are proud to be the largest choir in the region, and we are always on the look-out for new members. Like most similar choirs, we are especially keen to hear from talented tenors and basses who would be interested in joining the team.

The first rehearsal in each “session” is an open rehearsal, where potential new members are welcome to come along, either just to listen, or to join in for a while so that you can see how our evenings work....

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We are fortunate to have as our répétiteur the talented pianist, Ivan Linford. Ivan holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts from the University of Huddersfield and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. Whilst a postgraduate student, he held the Organ Scholarship at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and subsequently held posts at Oakham Parish Church, Leicester Cathedral, and Oakham School...

  Our home since its very first concert in 1935 has been St Matthew’s Church, historically associated with commissions from composers including Britten, Finzi, Howells and Tippett. The Northampton Bach Choir are proud to continue the tradition of supporting living composers. They have commissioned large scale works from Trevor Hold and Will Todd, and in their seventy-fifth anniversary year commissioned carols from Simon Johnson, Edmund Jolliffe, Gordon Lawson, Michael Nicholas...

  In 2013 the Northampton Bach Choir mounted its second major tour, with a five day visit by eighty choir members to Paris, singing Masses in the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris (with a congregation of over 600 giving us a standing ovation at the conclusion of the Mass) and the Basilique royale de Saint-Denis, just to the north of Paris. The repertoire for the Masses included the ‘Keble’ Missa Brevis by Philip Stopford and Ave verum Corpus by Colin Mawby, as well as two stunning American choral works...
  Becoming a ‘Friend’ of the Northampton Bach Choir is the perfect way to support the great tradition of live music-making in our county. For as little as £25 per annum, ‘Friends’ receive advance notification of forthcoming performances, and priority booking for our own concerts. The choir’s regular concert venue is St Matthew’s Church on the Kettering Road, Northampton, and only ‘Friends’ of the choir are entitled to allocated seating...

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