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Northampton Bach Choir 2020 Video
COVID-19 Coronavirus Update (18 May 2021)
On Monday 17 May 2021 the choir met at The Old Savoy to sing in person for the first time in over 400 days. The rehearsal was meticulously organised and planned, and those who attended were asked to comment on how we could improve our Covid-19 secure protocols. Every email we have received noted how safe members felt singing, and how impressed they were at the care and consideration which had been given to the organisation of the rehearsal.

We were devastated to learn that the government have pulled the rug out from underneath choral singing once again, even though we - like countless other choirs up and down England - have proved that we put the safety of our members first. For now it looks like we remain on Zoom, but we encourage everyone to join the thousands who have already signed this petition.

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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...
  Requiem Reflections - our fourth commercial CD, recorded in our home church of St Matthew’s, Northampton, was recorded in October 2016 and commemorates the life of Constance Travis (1911-2015), a stage actress who married into the Northampton family that eventually became Travis Perkins. In later life, she became a philanthropist who founded the Constance Travis Charitable Trust, which has made grants to numerous charities locally and nationally...
  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...

  Over five days last week more than seventy members of the choir visited Venice to sing a Mass at St Mark’s Basilica for Ascension Day, and also spent a day in Padua giving a concert performance in the sumptuous acoustic of the tenth-century church of St Nicolò. At both events they sang four unaccompanied motets - two by British/Irish composers, and two by Venetian-school composers...   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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