Keeping you updated with the latest news


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


17 December 2017
Christmas Carols and Messiah
20 November 2017
Ten Years with Bach and Haydn
28 October 2017
The Armed Man : Workshop Success
9 July 2017
A Fantastic French Feast
1 June 2017
Viva Venice! Choir on Tour
2 April 2017
Monteverdi Vespers Success!
4 February 2017
Long Lines in Lichfield


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
4 April 2016
924 years Not Out!
20 March 2016
Viva Verdi! Stunning Success
5 March 2016
Forty for Gloria in Brum
28 February 2016
Big Singing Success with John Rutter!
4 January 2016
Tickets at a New Home




Rossini Rave Reviews

108 choir members combined with four soloists and two keyboard players to lift the roof of St Matthew’s Church last night in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, receiving rave reviews from all who were there for the performance.


The choir were delighted to welcome Northamptonians in the form of Eleanor Minney, our Mezzo Soprano soloist, and a regular soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, and the pianist, composer, lecturer, and broadcaster, David Owen Norris. Both of our keyboard instruments – an 1881 Mustel Harmonium and an 1887 Pleyel Piano (owned by David Owen Norris himself) – were constructed around the time of the composition of Rossini’s Mass (1863), and the sonorities ranged from the intimacy of a song recital, up to full blown, all-guns-blazing choruses.

Mustel Harmonium
Pleyel Piano

For what we think is the first time in the choir’s history, the singers performed in a mixed-up arrangement on stage; in other words, no-one in the choir was sat next to anyone else singing the same vocal part as them. This had been tested in rehearsal, and the whole choir committed to the brave step with great panache, and it paid off. A number of audience members commented on the quality of the tuning and the blend, and it was noticeable from the conductor’s podium how much more powerful and alive the sound was.

Adrian on the Harmonium
Quartet in Action

Rossini’s Mass is, of course, neither small – running to around 80 minutes in length, nor solemn – texts which you might expect to be the subject of awe-stricken reverence are treated with a spring in the step which often veers towards the jauntiness of operetta. And while it follows the form and Latin text of a mass (once our Musical Director had ironed out Rossini’s mistake in the Credo!), it is only occasionally that you discern any linkage to standard liturgical music: this is unquestionably the output of an opera composer sticking to what he does best.

Soprano Solo
Soloists in Full Flow

The soloists, keyboard players and choir, brought the work to life in a vivid way, and our Musical Director was congratulated by innumerable audience members after the concert for bringing the standards of the choir up to their highest level in years. We cannot wait until our next concert with him on 10 December, after our recording sessions of Fauré’s Requiem on 21/22 October, and Poulenc Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Jean-Luc Tingaud on 27 November.

Soloists Applause