Keeping you updated with the latest news


1 March 2022
Song for Ukraine
21 February 2022
#22for22 Update
7 February 2022
The Armed Man


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


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








The Armed Man

Back in 2020 we were schedule to sing Sir Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but it was a casualty of Covid. We were reschedule for 2021, and it was cancelled by Covid once again. So last night we were thrilled to be able to finally stage this concert, with our great friend Adrian Partington at the helm, and Northampton’s own Rebecca Bottone as our soloist. Putting this performance together only five weeks after returning from our Christmas break was challenging, but the choir rose to the occasion and thrilled a large audience in Derngate. It was such fun to be performing again with such a large orchestra, and with an immense battery of percussion.

The Rehearsal in Full Flight
A Bird's Eye View of the Rehearsal

Covid continued to make its presence felt, and nearly 30 choir members were absent from the performance with either positive Covid tests or with symptoms which might have been Covid, and our muezzin, Naeem Mamood, was also unwell. Nevertheless, we were able to field a choir of just short of 100 members (thanks in no small part to our Musical Director’s #22for22 initiative which has seen over thirty new members join the choir in recent months) - and 35 tenors and basses (were it not for Covid it would have been 48!) showing that we are fielding a very balanced choir indeed.

Save me from Bloody Men
The View from the Basses

Before the choir sang The Armed Man we were spellbound by the orchestra’s rendition of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and - a work which many of us didn’t know - Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture. We have an invitation to join the RPO for another concert (19 May 2024 - keep the date in your diaries), and are hugely looking forward to it already!