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5 January 2021
Coronavirus Update


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?
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







Concerto for Ten

Following our summer recess social media success with #choralalphabet (see news item here), our Musical Director Lee put together a similar, though shorter, listening selection for last week’s half-term break.

In the concert hall (at least in “normal” times) almost all of the concerto performances that are heard are orchestra with either solo violin, solo cello, or solo piano, but there are huge numbers of superb concertos for all instruments. Our exploration of composers including Corelli and Vivaldi have brought forward a huge number of interesting works from that period, but Lee’s selection had an equal number of composers from the past and present, and an equal number of men and women represented, and even one which has a local connection for us in Northampton.

The list was called #concertoforten, to cover the ten days between the final Home Choir rehearsal with our friends at the Wellingborough Singers (Thursday 22 October) and our rehearsal tonight (Monday 2 November), though he did sneak a cheeky eleventh number in to give us something to give cheer.

Concerto for Ten

Day 1 : Bluegrass Trio
- Jennifer Higdon (b.1962)
Concerto 4-3

Day 2 : Flute - Kevin Puts (b.1972)
Flute Concerto

Day 3 : Harp - Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983)
Harp Concertino

Day 4 : Trombone - George Walker (1922-2018)
Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra

Day 5 : Basset Clarinet - Elena Kats-Chernin (b.1957)
Ornamental Air

Day 6 : Double Bass - Gavin Bryars (b.1943)
Double Bass Concerto "Farewell to St Petersburg"

Day 7 : French Horn - Ruth Gipps (1921-99)
Horn Concerto

Day 8 : Harmonica - Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
Harmonia Concerto

Day 9 : Marimba - Libby Larsen (b.1950)
Marimba Concerto: After Hampton

Day 10 : Viola - Toru Takemitsu (1930-96)
A String Around Autumn

Bonus Track : Bassoon - Maxime Goulet (b.1980)
A Bassoon Circus

Lee is putting together a new list for the Christmas break, a selection of Christmas works which are off the beaten-track, but should be much better known.