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2018

25 October 2018
Evensong for the Lord Lieutenant
21 October 2018
I was glad! A feast of Parry
1 September 2018
2019/2020 Season Launched
12 July 2018
Evensong in Worcester Cathedral
24 June 2018
French Fireworks! From Widor to Castagnet
28 April 2018
Rejoice! The UK and USA come together
11 April 2018
Evensong for Her Majesty the Queen
11 March 2018
Over 200 Singers for Mahler's Resurrection

2017

17 December 2017
Christmas Carols and Messiah
20 November 2017
Ten Years with Bach and Haydn
28 October 2017
The Armed Man : Workshop Success
9 July 2017
A Fantastic French Feast
1 June 2017
Viva Venice! Choir on Tour
2 April 2017
Monteverdi Vespers Success!
4 February 2017
Long Lines in Lichfield

2016

11 December 2016
Santa Claus came to Town!
28 November 2016
Poulenc Gloria with the RPO
22 October 2016
Recording #4 - a Feast of Faure
3 October 2016
Good Greve - Awards and Socialising
10 July 2016
Rossini Rave Reviews
23 May 2016
Pagliacci, Plants and Parties
4 April 2016
924 years Not Out!
20 March 2016
Viva Verdi! Stunning Success
5 March 2016
Forty for Gloria in Brum
28 February 2016
Big Singing Success with John Rutter!
4 January 2016
Tickets at a New Home

2015

2014

 

A Fantastic French Feast

Microphones and Eiffel Tower Ready for the Recording
 
Our Musical Director is ready to Record!

Last night the Northampton Bach Choir was joined by organist Stephen Moore, violinist Stephen Hague, cellist Corinne Malitskie, harpist Rowena Bass, and vocal soloists Philippa Hyde and Gwion Thomas, to perform the Requiem settings by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré. Whilst this provided the audience with a slightly shorted concert than usual, it did enable us to have a very social interval, with wine and cheese, and to launch our latest commercial CD recording – Requiem Reflections.
 
Your new CD arrived yesterday – what a simply stunning achievement. From the quietest to the loudest moments, it was brilliant

The concert began with Fauré’s Requiem, sung in a new edition by David Hill, rescored the smallest chamber forces imaginable; it was this version of the Requiem that was recorded by the choir last October in the concert venue, St Matthew’s Church. Fauré’s setting of the Requiem is essentially a quiet and peaceful one, as are the other Fauré works on the recording – his Tantum ergo op. 55, the Pavane, Une châtelaine en sa tour ... for solo harp, and the Messe brève, arranged from Fauré’s Messe basse and Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville by our Musical Director, for organ, SATB choir, and two soloists.

In rehearsal for Fauré
 
Of course I knew the Fauré, but I had not heard the Duruflé before. In many ways it is even more exciting than the Fauré, especially in your dramatic performance. Even though the choir didn’t have a large orchestra, the organist more than made up for it, and the choir rose to the occasion, producing such singing of such incredible intensity – not only quiet, but also astonishingly loud!!!

After cheese and wine, and the launch of the CD by our President, Sir Peter Ellwood VLL, CBE, the choir tacked a very different beast – Duruflé’s rich, luscious, and plainsong-infused setting of the Requiem. There is much that is peaceful and quiet in the work, but there are also outbursts of incredible ferocity, which were superbly sung by the choir.

Cheese and Wine at the Interval
 
Our Latest CD - including Fauré's Requiem