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2022

30 May 2022
MD steps down after 15 years
29 May 2022
A Special Evensong
2 April 2022
Carmina in Style
1 March 2022
Song for Ukraine
21 February 2022
#22for22 Update
7 February 2022
The Armed Man

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

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Carmina in Style

The Performance in Full Flight

Last night the choir was joined by Madrigalis, directed by Beth Hodgson, the Keith Crompton Percussion Ensemble, pianists Jonathan French and Maki Sekiya, soloists Philippa Hyde, Peter Martin, and Njabulo Madlala, and narrator Graham Padden, for an astonishing performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Before we began our Musical Director was at the piano for a performance of Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, given by Madrigalis. This was a perfect way to settle the large audience down in the comfortable environs of Spinney Hill Theatre, and we heard the upper voices to great advantage.

Our Programme from the Audience
 
Our Soloists and Narrator

Carmina itself was simply stunning, not least due to Graham Padden’s stunning narration. The work is sung in a mixture of Latin and High Medieval German, so without the narration the audience are left scrabbling for their programmes to try and follow the words. And the snag is, that the work is so fast that the words fly by unbelievably quick! Graham knows the work from the inside (he has been a choir member for many years), but also has a career as a professional actor, and his script struck the perfect balance between being vivid and allowing the music to flow.

The Percussion Team
 
Pianists Jonathan and Maki

We were joined by three stunning soloists - Philippa Hyde standing in for a Covid-absence (Jessica Smith), Peter Martin also standing in for a Covid-absence (Rhys Batt), and the astonishing voice of Njabulo Madlala. Our two virtuosic pianists and team of percussionists completed the set. We are so lucky to have access to this super venue with its excellent facilities (and excellent parking) and offer thanks to Philip Cave who worked magic with light, sound, and staff. Thank you.

Narrator Graham Padden in Full Flight
 
Our MD in action