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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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Live Singing started ... stopped

Last night we had our first live rehearsal for over 400 days! Fifty of our members were part of our first step back, with many more following live on Zoom. We were guided by a risk assessment which would stand alongside The Brothers Karamazov in its scope and depth. Alongside our own risk assessment, we worked with the management of The Old Savoy, our Covid-19 secure home, who had their own in place. We are hugely grateful to the team there for opening up for us, for installing an ethernet cable for our Zooming and other systems, as well as managing the specific seating plan, temperature checks, paperwork, and all the facilities.

Warming up alongside our friends on Zoom
 
The View from Below - it is a vast space

It was such a delight, and a relief, to find that we were still in remarkably good voice! Perhaps some of the vocal stamina will take some building back up, and getting used to singing in masks will take a little while, but it was all so much more comfortable than we had feared. In particular the tuning and blend was excellent, and we relished beginning to make subtle adjustments again to music by Elgar, Mahler, and Vivaldi. Our MD even wore his special “no mingling” t-shirt!

The Choir Return to Singing

We were heartbroken, truly, this morning to discover that the long-awaited, long-promised Step 3 guidance now means that we have to return to Zoom, or perhaps to outdoor rehearsals. No reasoning has been given for this, and it seems baffling especially when we have demonstrated that we can return to sing with the safety of our members as our first and foremost priority.

Lee and Ivan - reunited
 
Another View from Below

We will report fully as soon as we are able, but the whole choral community in England is truly in uproar about not only these guidelines, but their late delivery, and lack of rationale. In the meantime we are glad that we at least had one opportunity to meet again, and sympathise hugely with the hundreds of choirs, including our friends in Huntingdon, Leamington Spa, and Wellingborough - as well as the Northampton Male Voice Choir - who weren’t even able to get the single session.