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2020

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

2019

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

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Evensong for Her Majesty the Queen

Earlier this evening forty members of the choir (the maximum which could be accommodated) sang Choral Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Part of a series of Choral Evensong visits which began in October 2011 when we sang at Gloucester Cathedral (and following further visits to Coventry, Lichfield, Peterborough, and St Paul’s Cathedrals), this was our first visit of 2018 – we sing in Worcester Cathedral in July.

Our Listing on the Windsor Music Scheme

Our programming this season has enabled us to include a suitable anthem (Dupré Laudate Dominum) and setting of the evening Canticles (in C major, by Bryan Kelly) in our concerts, so we have been able to “double up” our performances by singing these works not only in concert, but also in Windsor (and later in Worcester). Indeed, we were delighted to welcome Bryan Kelly to Windsor to hear us perform his setting – “me in C” – and in our concert later this month we give the first performance of his instrumentation of this work (percussion, harp, and organ) designed to match that of another work in the concert programme, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (both works were commissioned for the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Chichester Cathedral in 1965).

Her Majesty the Queen was in residence
 
The Choir outside the West Front

We received a very warm welcome from the staff and clergy, not least from a number of familiar faces who were there not for Evensong, but for a drinks reception for Her Majesty the Queen’s Chaplains (which sadly meant that HMQ wasn’t able to be with us for Evensong!).

The Queen's Chaplains Gather
 
Bryan Kelly came from Somerset to hear us

Alongside the works by Dupré and Kelly, we sang our own Musical Director’s set of Responses commissioned for the Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival in 2017, and Psalm 11 to a chant by Sir Henry Walford Davies, who was both a chorister and organist at St George’s Chapel. Our organist, Ivan Linford, performed two organ works with close association with St George’s – Sir William Henry Harris’s (Organist 1933-61) Prelude in G, and Sidney Campbell’s (Organist 1961-74) Gaudeamus.