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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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Summer in the Alps

The potential for live music-making is still frustratingly far away as the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to circulate. We are hopeful that on Monday 17 May the country will move into step 3 of the relaxation of rules, and we will be able to meet to sing live in rehearsal, albeit in a very gentle and uncertain way.

Summer in the Alps

In the meantime we have a wonderful programme of music for our Zoom Home Choir sessions, which explores music in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom, at the turn of the twentieth-century. In particular it focuses on what it took for the English Musical Renaissance to start, and whether there is any credibility in the claim that between Purcell and Elgar, say, Britain was indeed Das Land ohne Musik.

Elgar Timeline

Last term all of our Musical Director’s choirs were singing repertoire from different areas and periods - Bach, Dvořák, Forrest, Haydn, Janáček, Mozart, Sullivan, and more. This meant that our Fridays at Four expert sessions were very diverse. This term, however, all his choirs are singing music connected to Sir Edward Elgar and/or composed during his lifetime.


The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir are exploring British music with a Sea theme, including works by Coleridge-Taylor, Elgar, Ireland, Florence Ashton Marshall, and Stanford. The Huntingdonshire Philharmonic are singing Cathedral classics from the period, with music by Bairstow, Elgar, E. W. Naylor, Parry, Alice Mary Smith, Stanford, and Wood. The Wellingborough Singer are singing a varied programme of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s sacred and secular choral music. Our programme is as follows:

 • From the Bavarian Highlands - Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
 • Rückert-Lieder - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) arr. Lee Dunleavy
 • Prologue from Der Wald - Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
 • An der schönen, blauen Donau - Johann Strauss II (1825-99)
 • Morgen! - Richard Strauss (1864-1949) arr. Lee Dunleavy

We are hugely looking forward to singing this glorious music, especially revisiting one of our MD’s passions - Mahler - and one of the few pieces by Sir Edward Elgar which we have never in our 80-year history performed, From the Bavarian Highlands.