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2021

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

2019

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

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Experts - Angel, Nun, and Priest

Today we had our final expert session focusing on the music we have been singing this term in our An Angel, a Nun, and a Red Priest Home Choir project. On Friday 14 November at 4:00pm we heard from Dr Kimberly Marshall from her home in Arizona about how the music of Frescobaldi, Corelli, and Vivaldi, influenced the music of Bach - especially his organ works. The next week we heard Sarah Lenton, who works at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on connections between Handel and Italy - not just the music of Corelli, Scarlatti, and Vivaldi, but also the art and literature, and especially in the operatic realm. Last week Candace Smith joined us from her home in Bologna for a fascinating talk all about the music of convents in the period, and the huge number of nuns who were composing, including Isabella Leonarda, whose Magnificat we have been singing. Today’s final talk was given by Dr Jasmin Cameron from the University of Aberdeen. She edited the score of Vivaldi’s Gloria we have been using this term, and gave us a wonderful presentation on how she edited the score, the history of the manuscript and the various editions over the years, and the influence (putting it mildly!) of Ruggieri’s Gloria on Vivaldi’s composition.
 
Candace Smith from Bologna, Italy
 
Jasmin Cameron from the University of Aberdeen
 
Kimberly Marshall from Arizona, USA
 
Sarah Lenton from the Royal Opera House

We are very grateful to our Musical Director, Lee, for organising and hosting these sessions, to our fellow choral singers in Lee’s other choirs in Huntingdon, Leamington Spa, and Wellingborough, for joining us for these sessions, and especially to the four learned women who gave such inspirational multi-media talks. Whilst we are missing singing in person so very much, being able to connect with experts from all over the globe in this way has been a quite remarkable silver lining to this horrid Covid-19 cloud.