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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

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The Colours of Mozart

On Sunday 17th February, Northampton Bach Choir joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Derngate as part of their concert entitled ‘Colours of Mozart’. The title was intended to represent the different shades of Mozart’s music and the well-chosen programme did just that, opening with the charming and lively Divertimento in D Major – an energetic piece which showed off well the talents of the orchestra. This was followed by Mozart’s well known and ever popular Clarinet Concerto performed brilliantly by Katherine Lacy, the RPO’s Principal Clarinet. The appreciative audience truly enjoyed this first half of excellent music, performed with much style and passion.
 
Mozart
 
Adrian Partington conducting

The conductor for the evening was Adrian Partington, the current director of music at Gloucester Cathedral, joint conductor of the Three Choirs Festival, and director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, as well as being the conductor Gloucester Choral Society. Working under a conductor with such an impressive CV, we had to be on our toes and we had been well prepared by our own conductor, Lee Dunleavy – even practising singing in Latin with a Germanic pronunciation, rather than the usual more Italianate. Adrian had taken our final rehearsal and we had been told to expect certain parts to be sung without the score in front of us – but he was gentle with us and we all looked forward to the concert under his baton.

Colours of Mozart
 
RPO and NBC in full swing

Though the afternoon rehearsal did not go as well as we had hoped, the evening performance of Mozart’s Requiem – such a powerful and poignant work, left unfinished on his death and completed by Süssmayr – went very well indeed. We were blessed with four excellent soloists – Ellie Laugharne (soprano), Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano), Ji Hyun Kim (tenor) and Morgan Pearse (baritone).

As always, in the Derngate, the choir need to sing with power and passion to be heard in the uppermost seats and according to Lee, seated in the audience, we did just that. Highlights must be the powerful Dies Irae and Confutatis, as well as the tender Lacrimosa. Reports from the conductor himself suggested that the choir sang with ‘energy and commitment’ and word has it that he will be more than happy to work with us again. An accolade indeed!