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









Christmas is Back! with a brassy bang!

4 December 2021

Following the huge success of Messiah just one month ago we were straight back at it with our “Fanfares and Carols” concert with the wonderful Adele Hudson and her Rushden Town Band. It was a-ma-zing! Covid continued to have an impact, with over two dozen choir members pinged, isolating, or at home with a sniffle (the new normal is - anything even approaching a sniffle - stay away!).

Our first rehearsal with
Rushden Town Band
The View from the Tenors

Despite that, we had a blast. We could have done with those extra 28 singers to help get our sound out over the powerful brass (and having the compere mic “on” throughout the concert only amplified the balance problem (!!!), but once again we rose to the challenge. We were once again in a new venue, The Cripps Hall Theatre, and were assisted by their team. What a great venue it proved to be - super lighting, comfortable seating, plenty of room at the interval, even a lift up to the gallery.

The View from the Gallery

Our appointed photographer was also pinged (just as at Messiah - argh!), but audience members (and what a large audience it was - brilliant) and others rallied round and took some great shots. There are more shots, including 360 degree panoramas, on our Facebook page - do take a look.

Choir and Band in Full Flight

We were especially delighted to give the first performance of Paul Truman’s brass band arrangement of the late Malcolm Tyler’s Mary had a baby - written for us many years ago, with organ accompaniment in mind. There were so many highlights, but O holy night had the magical sound of choir and vibraphone (possibly a first for us) and the stunning tuba solo in Frosty the Snowman. We loved it, we think the band loved it, too, and with a few tweaks it will be perfect for the audience this time next year.