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2020

23 March 2020
Coronavirus Update
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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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A Fantastic French Feast

Microphones and Eiffel Tower Ready for the Recording
 
Our Musical Director is ready to Record!

Last night the Northampton Bach Choir was joined by organist Stephen Moore, violinist Stephen Hague, cellist Corinne Malitskie, harpist Rowena Bass, and vocal soloists Philippa Hyde and Gwion Thomas, to perform the Requiem settings by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré. Whilst this provided the audience with a slightly shorted concert than usual, it did enable us to have a very social interval, with wine and cheese, and to launch our latest commercial CD recording – Requiem Reflections.
 
Your new CD arrived yesterday – what a simply stunning achievement. From the quietest to the loudest moments, it was brilliant

The concert began with Fauré’s Requiem, sung in a new edition by David Hill, rescored the smallest chamber forces imaginable; it was this version of the Requiem that was recorded by the choir last October in the concert venue, St Matthew’s Church. Fauré’s setting of the Requiem is essentially a quiet and peaceful one, as are the other Fauré works on the recording – his Tantum ergo op. 55, the Pavane, Une châtelaine en sa tour ... for solo harp, and the Messe brève, arranged from Fauré’s Messe basse and Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville by our Musical Director, for organ, SATB choir, and two soloists.

In rehearsal for Fauré
 
Of course I knew the Fauré, but I had not heard the Duruflé before. In many ways it is even more exciting than the Fauré, especially in your dramatic performance. Even though the choir didn’t have a large orchestra, the organist more than made up for it, and the choir rose to the occasion, producing such singing of such incredible intensity – not only quiet, but also astonishingly loud!!!

After cheese and wine, and the launch of the CD by our President, Sir Peter Ellwood VLL, CBE, the choir tacked a very different beast – Duruflé’s rich, luscious, and plainsong-infused setting of the Requiem. There is much that is peaceful and quiet in the work, but there are also outbursts of incredible ferocity, which were superbly sung by the choir.

Cheese and Wine at the Interval
 
Our Latest CD - including Fauré's Requiem