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2019

3 December 2019
Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019
23 September 2019
Over 300 for Fourth Rutter Day
30 July 2019
Evensong in Westminster Abbey
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

2017

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

2016

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Heroes for Peace - a fitting tribute

We were delighted to be invited by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire to lead the event commemorating the centenary of the Armistice in the Derngate on 11/11/2018. The first half of the event explored the heroes of Northamptonshire, telling the stories of Edgar Mobbs, Walter Tull, The Anglian Regiment, and many more local people. This was led by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff and Grham McKechnie, Dr Helen Stringer of Northampton High School, and the Lord Lieutenant himself, with performances by members of Royal & Derngate’s Youth Theatre and our friends at the Northampton Male Voice Choir.
 
Walter Tull (1888-1918)
 
The Lord Lieutenant in Rehearsal

For the second half we were joined by the Daventry Choral Society and members of Earls Barton Music, alongside the Northampton Male Voice Choir and Orchestra da Camera, to perform Sir Karl Jenkins The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace. The thrill of nearly 300 voices combined was quite astonishing, and because of careful and subtle amplification, the small band of twelve players were at all times in perfect balance with the choir. Our Musical Director, Lee Dunleavy, directed with great finesse, keeping the speeds true to the markings in the score by the composer, and increasing tension as the work proceeded.

Getting Ready for The Armed Man
 
250 Singers Assemble

Following this we were delighted to give the first performance of an arrangement - by the composer - of Dr David Bednall’s stunning setting of Siegfried Sassoon’s verses Everyone sang. This was a real tour de force, which clearly had a huge impact on the audience - which numbered just under the 1000. The climactic point featured organ, piano, cello, percussion and flute, crowned with a trio of trumpets, and the chorus at the very highest point in their registers, and this gradually gave way to a truly poignant conclusion where our Musical Director was able to create the timeless feel so essential. We offer our sincere and grateful thanks to Dr Bednall for creating this arrangement for us.

The concert concluded with Jerusalem, sung by the combined voices, orchestra, and the whole audience - over 1250 singing voices in all, the playing of The Last Post and the dropping of poppies over the whole auditorium.

Dr David Bednall
 
The Last Post

We offer thanks to our friends and partners who played and sung alongside us, to those who helped put this remarkable event together, and especially to Lee for bringing the music together to create such a fitting tribute to the Fallen of the First World War.