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









Fridays and the Future

17 May 2021

Later today we will hold our first live rehearsal for over 400 days! We are hugely grateful to The Old Savoy for hosting us, and remain extremely miffed that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport still hasn’t published the proper guidance we need. Nevertheless, we are following the advice of the Association of British Choral Directors, Making Music, and our own stringent risk assessments, to get back to a little live singing after this long period away. Our return will be gentle, with short session and reduced numbers, but we hope that over time we will slowly return back to what we had become so accustomed to over many years - inspiring weekly sessions with choral greats.

Iain Farrington on Elgar, Mahler, and more
Prof. Ian Bradley on Sir Arthur Sullivan

So far this term we have had five Home Choir Zoom rehearsals on our programme - Summer in the Alps - and we have welcomed five of this term’s eight guests at our Fridays at Four expert sessions. This began on 30 April with the astonishing arranger, composer, pianist, and organist, Iain Farrington, on his life with Elgar, Mahler, and more (including Gershwin and playing at the Olympics). We then welcomed another Ian, The Revd. Prof. Ian Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at the University of St Andrews, who talked to our MD about the sacred music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, following the publication by OUP of his new book on Sullivan.

88 attendees learning about Smyth
The Ethel Smyth Panel

Last Friday we welcomed Dr Leah Broad from Christ Church College, University of Oxford, Dr Amy Zigler from Salem College, North Carolina, USA, and Hannah Millington, a doctoral student at City University, Dublin, to discuss the music of Dame Ethel Smyth, whose choral prologue to Der Wald (opera) we are singing this term. Further sessions are planned for the remainder of the term with Professor Michael Downes (Elgar and the Sacred), our own MD (Das Land ohne Musik?), Dr Adèle Commins (the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford), and Dr Catherine Carr (the life and music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor).