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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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Virtual Video

Whilst it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, we have been working hard for our members, friends, and followers, over the past year, rehearsing on Zoom, increasing our listening through our Facebook and Twitter pages, and hosting additional sessions with experts all over the world. Up until now we haven’t done our own Virtual Video, but we are delighted to launch this today, with our performance of Jonathan Reid’s Measure me, sky! - a setting of words by Leonora Speyer (1872-1956).

Measure Me, Sky! on YouTube

The process for making these recordings is quite complex! We learn our parts individually and in rehearsal, and then sing individually - alone and at home - each line. This requires headphones and at least two devices - one to play the backing music and one to record the videos. All of these audio and video feeds then have to be uploaded to a website (which seems to be the trickiest bit of all) and an editor (in this case the wonderful Alex Haigh) brings them all together, gets them in sync, and edits so that everything is as aligned as possible. Compared to our previous experience of making our own recordings it is quite different, with considerably fewer problems with tuning, but considerably more problems with rhythm!

We are delighted that such a large number of our membership decided to give it a go, even though it certainly lived up to Lee’s expectation of being a pretty gruelling experience (think about listening to your own voice on an answerphone, and then imagine listening to your own singing voice, a cappella)! Huge thanks to Alex for the editing, and to Dan Forrest for recording the backing piano part via his Beckenhorst Press scheme of virtual choir kits. But the greatest thanks to our members who gave up so much time during our Easter break to help keep our profile up in these times when live music-making is impossible.

UPDATE : as of 1 May 2021 the video has been viewed nearly 1,700 times on YouTube and over 8,000 times on our Facebook and Twitter pages.