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2021

27 October 2021
660 Days... We're Back
4 October 2021
Annual General Meeting
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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2021/22 Season Launched

We are delight to announce dates and programmes for our 2021/22 season. Our last concert was on Saturday 23 November 2019, and little did we know that the Covid-19 pandemic would mean that it would be just short of two years before we would be able to put on another concert. Along the way we lost planned performances of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Bach’s St John Passion, Bruckner’s Mass in E minor, and much more. Through Zoom we were able to continue to sing, albeit in a frustrating manner (!), but we believe that those days are now behind us and whilst some adjustments may still need to be made, we will be able to present a full season of concerts over the coming twelve months.

Our 2021/22 Season Composers


Saturday 6 November 2021 : Handel Messiah


Where else could we begin but with Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah? Handel composed his most famous piece in 1741, and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, like Every valley shall be exalted and Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, are interspersed with compelling choruses - not least the great Hallelujah chorus and the final crowning glory, Worthy is the Lamb. Handel’s oratorio, to Charles Jennens’ remarkable libretto, tells the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death. We are delighted to be joined by period orchestra Charivari Agréable and a stellar cast of soloists for this performance, which will be given in Spinney Theatre.

Handel's Messiah - Hallelujah
 
Messiah in Manuscript


Saturday 4 December 2021 : Be Merry! Carols for All

We are delighted to extend a welcome to Adele Hudson and Rushden Town Band, following their breathtaking contribution to our performance of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts in June 2019, for our Christmas 2021 celebration. The programme title, Be Merry! Carols for All, stems from the superb carol written by our former Musical Director Sir Stephen Cleobury who passed away in November 2019, which will open the concert. A number of the choir’s hallmark carols will be heard for the first time in arrangements for choir and brass band, alongside a number of your favourite Willcocks arrangements with the added pizazz of brass. This matinée concert takes place at The Old Savoy (formerly known as The Deco) in the heart of Northampton.

Be Merry (King's - 2008)
 
Rushden Town Band


Sunday 6 February 2022 : Jenkins The Armed Man

Commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the transition from 1999 to 2000 The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace reflects on the passing of "the most war-torn and destructive century in human history" and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. Dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as it was being composed, it was first performed in 2000 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Jenkins himself. We are delighted to have been invited by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the work with them under the baton of guest conductor Adrian Partington in this matinée concert at the Derngate.

The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace
 
The Armed Man


Saturday 2 April 2022 : Orff Carmina Burana

Fortune spins her wheel. Who will win, who will lose? Our third major work of the season is Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, composed in 1935/6 and setting words from 24 secular (in some cases very secular) poems from medieval literature. Whilst it was originally scored for choir, soloist, and a vast orchestra, we will perform it in Orff’s own version where the accompaniment is provided by two virtuoso pianists at two pianos and no fewer than six percussionists. We are also delighted to be joined by three stellar solo singers, a children’s chorus, and - in a special innovation - a dramatic narration (very helpful, as the work is sung in a mix of medieval German and Latin, with words whizzing by at 100mph). This will be our second concert of the season at Spinney Theatre.

O Fortuna (Orff) - Ex Cathedra
 
O Fortuna - Orff's Manuscript


Sunday 12 June 2022 : Music for a Royal Celebration

Our final concert of the season marks the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and brings together full orchestra, wind band, soprano Katherine Crompton, and another guest chorus alongside our own choir. We are delighted to present a concert of Royal favourites - think Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Parry’s I was glad, Jerusalem, and much more - in this celebration which will take the familiar form of a “Last Night of the Proms”. The major work on the programme is Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Festival Te Deum, which was dedicated (with permission) to another great Queen - Victoria. This will be our second Derngate concert of the season, and we will be pulling out all the stops to make it the grandest occasion imaginable. Don’t miss it!

Sir Arthur Sullivan - Festival Te Deum
 
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022