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11 December 2016
Santa Claus came to Town!
28 November 2016
Poulenc Gloria with the RPO
22 October 2016
Recording #4 - a Feast of Faure
3 October 2016
Good Greve - Awards and Socialising
10 July 2016
Rossini Rave Reviews
23 May 2016
Pagliacci, Plants and Parties
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924 years Not Out!
20 March 2016
Viva Verdi! Stunning Success
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Forty for Gloria in Brum
28 February 2016
Big Singing Success with John Rutter!
4 January 2016
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2014

 

Masses of Masses Grand Finale!

On Saturday just over one hundred members of the Northampton Bach Choir were joined by five magnificent soloists and the Bach Camerata in a performance of two of Haydn’s most remarkable Masses alongside the Toy Symphony, sometimes attributed to him (though perhaps more likely by Leopold Mozart).

A lovely concert in every way and from all performers.

 
Vicar, Banker and Councillor amongst others in Toy Symphony

The concert was held on the Eve of St Nicholas’s Day and so Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai was the obvious choice, and this was swiftly followed by (again, appropriate for the Eve of the Patron Saint of Children, and forefather of Santa Claus) the Toy Symphony. The second half of the concert was a very rare performance of Haydn’s Great ‘Organ Solo’ Mass, featuring Director of Music at St Matthew’s, Stephen Moore, on a very special ‘box’ organ.

A rattling performance, we all agreed.

 
Listening to the Balance our MD brings in the Sopranos
 
A near Full Capacity Audience

The near-capacity audience heard stunning performances from all, not least our four vocal soloists; it was a particular delight to hear Stephen George’s tenor solos – Stephen was a member of the Bach Choir until earlier in 2015 and we wish him well with his continued solo career, and work as Lay Clerk at Peterborough Cathedral. Our toy soloists included the Vicar of St Matthew’s Church, our President, a local County Councillor, a ‘Friend’ of the Choir, and representatives from educational establishments including NMPAT and the Higher Education sector. Not quite a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker, but nearly!

A perfect programme from the latest Northampton Bach Choir offering: TWO magnificent Haydn Masses topping & tailing his "Toy Symphony" which went down a treat.
 
Missa Sancti Nicolai in Full Flow

We are always delighted when members of the audience write to us on Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, or ‘Snail’ mail … and after the concert we received more notes thanking us for such a fine performance than ever before – some of the quotes are peppered throughout this news item. This was a perfect way to conclude our Masses of Masses season, where we traced the Masses of Bach, Haydn and Mozart – writing within a small geographical area and time period. What wonderful diversity and incredible music!

Once again the Choir's true professionalism and pure joy in singing left us eagerly awaiting their 2016 ‘Italian season’.
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