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2021

16 December 2021
#22for22 is launched
4 December 2021
Christmas is Back! with a brassy bang!
6 November 2021
714 Days... Back in Concert
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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Christmas is Back! with a brassy bang!

Following the huge success of Messiah just one month ago we were straight back at it with our “Fanfares and Carols” concert with the wonderful Adele Hudson and her Rushden Town Band. It was a-ma-zing! Covid continued to have an impact, with over two dozen choir members pinged, isolating, or at home with a sniffle (the new normal is - anything even approaching a sniffle - stay away!).

Our first rehearsal with Rushden Town Band
 
The View from the Tenors

Despite that, we had a blast. We could have done with those extra 28 singers to help get our sound out over the powerful brass (and having the compere mic “on” throughout the concert only amplified the balance problem (!!!), but once again we rose to the challenge. We were once again in a new venue, The Cripps Hall Theatre, and were assisted by their team. What a great venue it proved to be - super lighting, comfortable seating, plenty of room at the interval, even a lift up to the gallery.

The View from the Gallery

Our appointed photographer was also pinged (just as at Messiah - argh!), but audience members (and what a large audience it was - brilliant) and others rallied round and took some great shots. There are more shots, including 360 degree panoramas, on our Facebook page - do take a look.

Choir and Band in Full Flight

We were especially delighted to give the first performance of Paul Truman’s brass band arrangement of the late Malcolm Tyler’s Mary had a baby - written for us many years ago, with organ accompaniment in mind. There were so many highlights, but O holy night had the magical sound of choir and vibraphone (possibly a first for us) and the stunning tuba solo in Frosty the Snowman. We loved it, we think the band loved it, too, and with a few tweaks it will be perfect for the audience this time next year.