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









The Armed Man

7 February 2022

Back in 2020 we were schedule to sing Sir Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but it was a casualty of Covid. We were reschedule for 2021, and it was cancelled by Covid once again. So last night we were thrilled to be able to finally stage this concert, with our great friend Adrian Partington at the helm, and Northampton’s own Rebecca Bottone as our soloist. Putting this performance together only five weeks after returning from our Christmas break was challenging, but the choir rose to the occasion and thrilled a large audience in Derngate. It was such fun to be performing again with such a large orchestra, and with an immense battery of percussion.

The Rehearsal in Full Flight
A Bird's Eye View of the Rehearsal

Covid continued to make its presence felt, and nearly 30 choir members were absent from the performance with either positive Covid tests or with symptoms which might have been Covid, and our muezzin, Naeem Mamood, was also unwell. Nevertheless, we were able to field a choir of just short of 100 members (thanks in no small part to our Musical Director’s #22for22 initiative which has seen over thirty new members join the choir in recent months) - and 35 tenors and basses (were it not for Covid it would have been 48!) showing that we are fielding a very balanced choir indeed.

Save me from Bloody Men
The View from the Basses

Before the choir sang The Armed Man we were spellbound by the orchestra’s rendition of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and - a work which many of us didn’t know - Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture. We have an invitation to join the RPO for another concert (19 May 2024 - keep the date in your diaries), and are hugely looking forward to it already!