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2021

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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Fridays and the Future

Later today we will hold our first live rehearsal for over 400 days! We are hugely grateful to The Old Savoy for hosting us, and remain extremely miffed that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport still hasn’t published the proper guidance we need. Nevertheless, we are following the advice of the Association of British Choral Directors, Making Music, and our own stringent risk assessments, to get back to a little live singing after this long period away. Our return will be gentle, with short session and reduced numbers, but we hope that over time we will slowly return back to what we had become so accustomed to over many years - inspiring weekly sessions with choral greats.

Iain Farrington on Elgar, Mahler, and more
 
Prof. Ian Bradley on Sir Arthur Sullivan

So far this term we have had five Home Choir Zoom rehearsals on our programme - Summer in the Alps - and we have welcomed five of this term’s eight guests at our Fridays at Four expert sessions. This began on 30 April with the astonishing arranger, composer, pianist, and organist, Iain Farrington, on his life with Elgar, Mahler, and more (including Gershwin and playing at the Olympics). We then welcomed another Ian, The Revd. Prof. Ian Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at the University of St Andrews, who talked to our MD about the sacred music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, following the publication by OUP of his new book on Sullivan.

88 attendees learning about Smyth
 
The Ethel Smyth Panel

Last Friday we welcomed Dr Leah Broad from Christ Church College, University of Oxford, Dr Amy Zigler from Salem College, North Carolina, USA, and Hannah Millington, a doctoral student at City University, Dublin, to discuss the music of Dame Ethel Smyth, whose choral prologue to Der Wald (opera) we are singing this term. Further sessions are planned for the remainder of the term with Professor Michael Downes (Elgar and the Sacred), our own MD (Das Land ohne Musik?), Dr Adèle Commins (the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford), and Dr Catherine Carr (the life and music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor).