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714 Days... Back in Concert
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Expanding the Canon
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Live Singing started ... stopped
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9 March 2021
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22 February 2021
Cooking up a Feast
12 February 2021
Centenary Classics
11 January 2021
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31 December 2020
Christmas Choral Alphabet
17 December 2020
Christmas Singing and Quiz
4 December 2020
Experts - Angel, Nun, and Priest
2 November 2020
Concerto for Ten
22 October 2020
Virtual AGM
14 September 2020
How can I keep from singing?
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An Angel, a Nun, and a Red Priest
29 August 2020
Choral Alphabet reaches 3000
27 July 2020
Virtual Quiz Time
1 July 2020
Our MD begins with RLSBC
8 June 2020
Howells in Lockdown
9 March 2020
Committee Changes
9 January 2020
New Appointment for our MD
6 January 2020
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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