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









Annual General Meeting

4 October 2021

Earlier this evening the choir held its Annual General Meeting, followed by its usual Monday night rehearsal. We were warmly welcomed by the staff at The Old Savoy, our usual rehearsal at Northampton High School being unavailable this week, and swiftly sorted out the arrangements to ensure we could sing in a socially distanced fashion.

At our AGM we elected our new Treasurer, Prof. Jackie Campbell, and our new Concerts Manager, David Tristram, and very warm tributes were made to retiring holders of those posts Tim Daily and Mark Gibson.

The Old Savoy on Arrival
Members Award for Jennie Woods

Our President, Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL gave one of his trademark stunning speeches, paying special tribute to Lee and the committee for steering the choir through one of the most remarkable - for good and ill - years in the choir’s history. Further tribute was paid to our “Rebuilding Team” who have countered the inevitable losses of the last year with an astonishing tally of sixteen new members so far this term, with a further three auditioning later this week! As we weren’t able to meet “in reality” for our AGM last year, we had two years of our Members Award to present.

John Tye singing in our Christmas concert
Long Service Award for Karen Emmott

For the first year this went to Jennie Woods, who was for a time our Chairman, but retirement from the committee hasn’t prevented her from being an avid fundraiser for the choir, not least in masterminding the visit of John Rutter back in September 2019. For the most recent year this was awarded posthumously to John Tye who was for many years our Bass Voice Part Secretary, and whose untimely death at the end of July shocked us all. In addition Long Service Awards were made to members who have recently marked their twenty-fifth anniversary of singing with the choir, including Karen Emmott, and a special award was made to long-serving Voice Part Secretary Mary Montague on her retirement from that role.

Retiring VPS Mary Montague

The evening concluded with our fifth Messiah rehearsal of the term, and once we had acclimatised to the acoustics, we continued work on polishing and honing our interpretation of this masterwork in preparation for our concert on Saturday 6 November.