Keeping you updated with the latest news


2 November 2020
Concerto for Ten
22 October 2020
Virtual AGM
14 September 2020
How can I keep from singing?
14 September 2020
Coronavirus Update
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


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







How can I keep from singing?

Covid-19 and our 2020 programme
March to December 2020

The choir were only twenty days away from their eighty-fifth anniversary concert when the lockdown was declared in England, and all of our live choral activities came to a halt. In 2020 we therefore lost our first ever performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, a performance of Bach’s St John Passion with English Touring Opera, a performance of Bruckner’s Mass in E minor alongside his ever-popular motets, and a visit to sing Choral Evensong in Southwell Minster. The two final events of the year - a performance of Handel’s Messiah and a Christmas Concert with Rushden Town Band have been rescheduled for 2021. The choir is committed to creating space in our 2022 and 2023 plans to perform the Bach, Beethoven, and Bruckner, which we lost.

Whilst we were not able to sing any live concerts in 2020 (our only “performance” was Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, in January, and its associated “dry run” Choral Evensong at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, the night before), our Musical Director quickly geared us up for Zoom singing, and we explored music which was quite unlike what we would normally sing. We may have been separated, but we were not silenced.

A whole sequence of songs by Herbert Howells was our mainstay of the summer term, with additional Zoom session with experts in Howells’s music - including academics, conductors, instrumentalists, and singers - and in the autumn term we continued to expand our Howells repertoire, though our principal focus was on Italian music of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries - by Corelli, Leonarda, and Vivaldi.


Full details of what we achieved in these unprecedented circumstances may be found in the various news items of 2020