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2021

9 March 2021
International Women's Day
22 February 2021
Cooking up a Feast
12 February 2021
Centenary 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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Christmas Singing and Quiz

Our term of Home Choir has come to an end, and a fortnight ago in our final Zoom rehearsal we “performed” our three pieces - music from an Angel, Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Cantata, music from a Nun, Isabella Leonarda’s Magnificat, and music from a Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.

An Angel, a Nun, and a Red Priest
 
Our Repertoire

Last week we held our Zoom Christmas Quiz, with Messrs Bennett and Linford scoring especially highly, closely followed by the teams from the Craig, Gibson, and Harpham households. We had visual and audio rounds, including a remarkable rendition of the song Walking in the Air, performed on a bassoon reed. There were questions about King’s College, Cambridge, about the Carols for Choirs series of books, and rather a lot of pop music questions - Christmas number ones and the like. Something, we thought, for everyone, and perhaps it was a little easier than the Summer Quiz?!?

Our Christmas Quiz
 
What were the Quiz Questions?
 
Another Quiz Question

This week we had two evenings dedicated to Christmas choral music which is special to each of Lee’s four choirs. We began by singing Stanley Vann’s sprightly arrangement of the carol Come, listen to my story. Vann was the founding conductor of Lee’s Wednesday choir, the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir, and it was a delight to sing along to a recording made by Vann himself. We moved on to one of the many carols written for us, Malcolm Tyler’s gælic melody arrangement of Away in a Manger. We recorded this on our album Congaudeat! and - since that recording - have learned that the melody wasn’t an old gælic melody, but dates from no earlier than 1950! Malcolm was our longest-serving Musical Director, working with us from 1979 to 1994 (though we’ve realised that it won’t be long before Lee has overtaken him!). We moved on to another arrangement, this time by Christopher Brown - founder of the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic, and the melody was the ever-popular The Angel Gabriel. Again, we were able to sing along to a performance directed by the arranger himself, with both the choir and orchestra of the Hunts Phil. The Wellingborough Singers haven’t (yet) had any carols arranged or written for them, but their present Chairman, Gesa Beales, wrote a wonderful set of alternative words to Sir Malcolm Sargent’s arrangement of the Zither Carol - now called The Zoom Carol!

The Big Christmas Sing

We’re annoyed, there’s no joy, but a void, just where our Christmas ought to be.
We’ve been wise, sanitised, said goodbyes to all our joys.
It’s Corona, the newscasts say, it’s Corona that’s in our way,
It’s Corona that’s here to stay; that’s what we fear.


Wise men too, bring to you theories new, driving us further round the bend.
Here’s our fate: sleep in late, put on weight; when will this end?
It’s Corona, the newscasts say, it’s Corona that’s in our way,
It’s Corona that’s here to stay; please don’t come near.


Broadcasts came, all the same, which would claim soon we would beat the dreadful beast.
Go on Zoom: talents bloom? No, it’s doom; we’re all square-eyed.
It’s Corona, the newscasts say, it’s Corona that’s in our way,
It’s Corona that’s here to stay; let’s all stay mute.


Let’s be brave, have a rave, we’ll be saved, some time salvation will arrive.
In the spring, we shall sing, voices ring, Hallelujah!
"Hallelujah", our hope shall spring, "Hallelujah" the halls shall ring,
"Hallelujah" from everything, Hallelujah!

Christmas Reading

We then had two more evenings dedicated to sing-along Christmas carols - the familiar versions from Carols for Choirs 1, and sung along to full orchestral accompaniment, with fanfares, cymbals, and descants flying! Members dressed up - some in evening dress, others in (Christmas) fancy dress - and we welcome members of the Friends as well as guests from our own, and other, households. A wonderful way to end our Christmas musical festivities in what has been a very, very, very, unusual year.