Keeping you updated with the latest news


28 June 2023
A Rousing end to the 2022/23 Season with Viva Italia!
9 June 2023
Cathedral Visits - Summer 2023
12 May 2023
Simon Toyne appointed as our new Musical Director
20 March 2023
Dame Ethel Smyth Mass in D - A resounding success!
13 February 2023
The Ethel Smyth full score has arrived


13 December 2022
Christmas 2022 Concert & Fundraising
1 October 2022
New Accompanist Announced
1 September 2022
2022/23 Season Launched
31 August 2022
2022/23 Season : Our Conductors
1 August 2022
2021/22 Season - Done!
30 July 2022
Another (!) Special Evensong
13 June 2022
Jubilee Proms - Staggering Success
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


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









Summer in the Alps

12 April 2021

The potential for live music-making is still frustratingly far away as the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to circulate. We are hopeful that on Monday 17 May the country will move into step 3 of the relaxation of rules, and we will be able to meet to sing live in rehearsal, albeit in a very gentle and uncertain way.

Summer in the Alps

In the meantime we have a wonderful programme of music for our Zoom Home Choir sessions, which explores music in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom, at the turn of the twentieth-century. In particular it focuses on what it took for the English Musical Renaissance to start, and whether there is any credibility in the claim that between Purcell and Elgar, say, Britain was indeed Das Land ohne Musik.

Elgar Timeline

Last term all of our Musical Director’s choirs were singing repertoire from different areas and periods - Bach, Dvořák, Forrest, Haydn, Janáček, Mozart, Sullivan, and more. This meant that our Fridays at Four expert sessions were very diverse. This term, however, all his choirs are singing music connected to Sir Edward Elgar and/or composed during his lifetime.

The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir are exploring British music with a Sea theme, including works by Coleridge-Taylor, Elgar, Ireland, Florence Ashton Marshall, and Stanford. The Huntingdonshire Philharmonic are singing Cathedral classics from the period, with music by Bairstow, Elgar, E. W. Naylor, Parry, Alice Mary Smith, Stanford, and Wood. The Wellingborough Singer are singing a varied programme of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s sacred and secular choral music. Our programme is as follows:

 • From the Bavarian Highlands - Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
 • Rückert-Lieder - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) arr. Lee Dunleavy
 • Prologue from Der Wald - Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
 • An der schönen, blauen Donau - Johann Strauss II (1825-99)
 • Morgen! - Richard Strauss (1864-1949) arr. Lee Dunleavy

We are hugely looking forward to singing this glorious music, especially revisiting one of our MD’s passions - Mahler - and one of the few pieces by Sir Edward Elgar which we have never in our 80-year history performed, From the Bavarian Highlands.