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22 October 2020
Virtual AGM and Return to Sing
14 September 2020
How can I keep from singing?
14 September 2020
Coronavirus Update
7 September 2020
An Angel, a Nun, and a Red Priest
29 August 2020
Choral Alphabet reaches 3000
27 July 2020
Virtual Quiz Time
1 July 2020
Our MD begins with RLSBC
8 June 2020
Howells in Lockdown
9 March 2020
Committee Changes
9 January 2020
New Appointment for our MD
6 January 2020
Choral Evensong in Oxford


3 December 2019
Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019
24 November 2019
Bach, Brahms, Reger - a moving tribute
23 September 2019
Over 300 for Fourth Rutter Day
30 July 2019
Evensong in Westminster Abbey
24 June 2019
Berlioz Requiem : a NBC first
29 May 2019
Evensong in Winchester Cathedral
20 April 2019
On Tour 2019 : The Netherlands
17 February 2019
The Colours of Mozart
25 January 2019
Bach Choir Burns Supper







Recording #4 - a Feast of Fauré

Over the last two days, in the freezing cold confines of St Matthew's, Church (note for future reference: the forced air heating is too noisy for recording sessions) the choir, accompanied by soloists and instrumentalists recorded their fourth commercial CD recording. Requiem Reflections has been recorded in memory of Constance Travis (1911-2015), a stage actress who married into the family that owned the Northamptonshire firm that eventually became Travis Perkins. In later life, she became a philanthropist whose Trust gives away more than £2 million a year to registered charities dedicated to the arts, medical research and patient care.

Ray and Constance Travis
Organist Stephen Moore

The major work on the disc is, of course, Fauré's Requiem, using the reduced scoring by David Hill (Conductor of the other Bach Choir (!)) for solo violin, cello, harp, and organ. The choir were joined by local soloists Philippa Hyde, Gwion Thomas, and Robert Tilson. Arranged in a tight semicircle around the instrumentalists kept us all cosy and warm, whilst Gary and Andrew in the engineering booth had a small fan heater for company. Our Musical Director also helped keep our spirits warm with his special "final session" costume, as well as Tricolore bunting and a seven-foot cardboard Tour Eiffel.

Maestro Dunleavy gets all French
The Eiffel Tower is in place

The choir also recorded Fauré's Messe Brève, compiled from Fauré's movements from the Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville (composed with André Messager), and his Messe basse. These works were written for upper voices, so Lee has added parts for tenor and bass, and adjusted the organ part to suit. The final choral work is Fauré's 1891 Tantum ergo for solo tenor, chorus, organ, and harp.

The First Friday Downbeat
St Matthew bedecked in French finery

Our instrumentalists also contributed Dewey Owens' transcription for violin, cello, and harp, of the Pavane op. 50, and his rarely-performed work for solo harp, Une châtelaine en sa tour ....

Over the coming week the choir will thaw out and begin preparations for both their Christmas concert, and their forthcoming performance of Poulenc's Gloria with the RPO. Never a dull moment!