Keeping you updated with the latest news


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


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


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







Expanding the Canon

During these times when we have not been able to meet to sing, our MD has been providing us with lots of other activities to keep us busy. If you look back over our News Feed on the website you will find articles about daily listening posts he arranged for us in our half-term and other breaks. We have had a Choral Alphabet, from Kerry Andrew to Jan Dismas Zelenka (Summer 2020), a focus on Concertos for instruments other than violin, cello, and piano - Concerto for Ten (October 2020), a Christmas Choral Alphabet from Angelus ad pastores ait to Zoom Carol (December 2020), and an hourly set of 24 posts on International Women’s Day taking us through women composers in history, from Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) to Laura Mvula (b. 1986).

The Ethel Smyth Panel

This half-term Lee was assisted by three of our Fridays at Four guests - Dr Leah Broad, Hannah Millington, and Dr Amy Zigler - who are all experts in the music of Dame Ethel Smyth. Alongside Lee, each selected one work by Smyth for members to hear, and one or two works by other women composers. Under the hashtag #ExpandingTheCanon, the series had ten daily posts via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and shared by our MD’s other choirs in Huntingdon, Leamington Spa, and Wellingborough. The music was all non-choral, to open up wider listening and experiences.

Leah Broad’s Choices

  What if I were young again? from The Boatswain’s Mate (1913-14)
Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
  Concerto for Piano and Strings (1948)
Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)
  Concerto for Cello and Strings (2008)
Dobrinka Tabakova (b. 1980)

Hannah Millington’s Choices

  Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor (1880)
Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
  Symphony No. 4 (1850-51)
Emilie Mayer (1812-1883)

Amy Zigler’s Choices

  String Quartet in E minor (1902, rev. 1912)
Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
  Soirées musicales (1836)
Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Lee Dunleavy’s Choices

  Overture from The Wreckers (1902-1904)
Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
  Violin Sonata in G minor (1945)
Helvi Leiviskä (1902-1982)
  Bukoolika (1983)
Esther Mägi (1922-2021)