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23 March 2020
Coronavirus Update
9 March 2020
Committee Changes
9 January 2020
New Appointment for our MD
6 January 2020
Choral Evensong in Oxford

2019

3 December 2019
Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019
24 November 2019
Bach, Brahms, Reger - a moving tribute
23 September 2019
Over 300 for Fourth Rutter Day
30 July 2019
Evensong in Westminster Abbey
24 June 2019
Berlioz Requiem : a NBC first
29 May 2019
Evensong in Winchester Cathedral
20 April 2019
On Tour 2019 : The Netherlands
17 February 2019
The Colours of Mozart
25 January 2019
Bach Choir Burns Supper

2018

11 November 2018
Heroes for Peace - a fitting tribute
25 October 2018
Evensong for the Lord Lieutenant
21 October 2018
I was glad! A feast of Parry
1 September 2018
2019/2020 Season Launched
12 July 2018
Evensong in Worcester Cathedral
24 June 2018
French Fireworks! From Widor to Castagnet
28 April 2018
Rejoice! The UK and USA come together
11 April 2018
Evensong for Her Majesty the Queen
11 March 2018
Over 200 Singers for Mahler's Resurrection

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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’.