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1 March 2022
Song for Ukraine
21 February 2022
#22for22 Update
7 February 2022
The Armed Man

2021

16 December 2021
#22for22 is launched
4 December 2021
Christmas is Back! with a brassy bang!
6 November 2021
714 Days... Back in Concert
27 October 2021
660 Days... We're Back
4 October 2021
Annual General Meeting
1 August 2021
2021/22 Season Launched
7 June 2021
Expanding the Canon
18 May 2021
Live Singing started ... stopped
17 May 2021
Fridays and the Future
14 April 2021
Virtual Video
12 April 2021
Summer in the Alps
26 March 2021
Fridays at Four - Spring Done
9 March 2021
International Women's Day
22 February 2021
Cooking up a Feast
12 February 2021
Centenary Classics
11 January 2021
Classical Classics

2020

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?
7 September 2020
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
Choral Evensong in Oxford

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Bach, Brahms, Reger - a moving tribute

Early on Saturday morning we heard the tragic news that our former Musical Director, Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE, had died late on Friday night. Sir Stephen was our Musical Director fo 1971 until 1974, and his scrupulous and fastidious working methodology even seems to have extended to his birth and death. He was a musician so closely associated with Christmas Carols, who was born in Christmastide 1948, and who died on the Feast Day of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, 2019.
 
Reger in Rehearsal

Our concert was, of course, dedicated to his memory, and the programme couldn’t have been more fitting. One of J. S. Bach’s most celebrated organ works, the Passacaglia and Fugue, arranged for piano duet by Max Reger, and two Requiem settings - one by Reger himself, and the culmination of the concert, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. Of course, neither of these two Requiem settings sets the traditional Latin Requiem, but one is a poem entitled Requiem, and the other is a set of seven movements setting verses from the Bible, on death and consolation.

Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

Indeed, Lee’s directive from our first rehearsal of the Brahms was to emphasise consolation, redemption, and hope, and to downplay the fire and brimstone. The chosen tempi were relaxed, never rushed, and always taking care to ensure there was hope - a ray of light
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Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

We were delighted to be accompanied on piano duet by our répétiteur Ivan Linford and our good friend William Thallon, and we were joined by soloists Rebecca Bottone and Gwion Thomas. Rebecca’s movement Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit, was a particular highlight - not accompanied by piano duet, but piano solo, as a simple song, with a small semichorus singing with her, all unconnected, with the choir sat down. A sudden moment of total intimacy in what was a truly memorable and moving evening.
 
Our pianists rehearsing Bach's Passacaglia