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









Carmina in Style

2 April 2022

The Performance in Full Flight

Last night the choir was joined by Madrigalis, directed by Beth Hodgson, the Keith Crompton Percussion Ensemble, pianists Jonathan French and Maki Sekiya, soloists Philippa Hyde, Peter Martin, and Njabulo Madlala, and narrator Graham Padden, for an astonishing performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Before we began our Musical Director was at the piano for a performance of Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, given by Madrigalis. This was a perfect way to settle the large audience down in the comfortable environs of Spinney Hill Theatre, and we heard the upper voices to great advantage.

Our Programme from the Audience
Our Soloists and Narrator

Carmina itself was simply stunning, not least due to Graham Padden’s stunning narration. The work is sung in a mixture of Latin and High Medieval German, so without the narration the audience are left scrabbling for their programmes to try and follow the words. And the snag is, that the work is so fast that the words fly by unbelievably quick! Graham knows the work from the inside (he has been a choir member for many years), but also has a career as a professional actor, and his script struck the perfect balance between being vivid and allowing the music to flow.

The Percussion Team
Pianists Jonathan and Maki

We were joined by three stunning soloists - Philippa Hyde standing in for a Covid-absence (Jessica Smith), Peter Martin also standing in for a Covid-absence (Rhys Batt), and the astonishing voice of Njabulo Madlala. Our two virtuosic pianists and team of percussionists completed the set. We are so lucky to have access to this super venue with its excellent facilities (and excellent parking) and offer thanks to Philip Cave who worked magic with light, sound, and staff. Thank you.

Narrator Graham Padden in Full Flight
Our MD in action