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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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Bach, Brahms, Reger - a moving tribute

Early on Saturday morning we heard the tragic news that our former Musical Director, Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE, had died late on Friday night. Sir Stephen was our Musical Director fo 1971 until 1974, and his scrupulous and fastidious working methodology even seems to have extended to his birth and death. He was a musician so closely associated with Christmas Carols, who was born in Christmastide 1948, and who died on the Feast Day of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, 2019.
 
Reger in Rehearsal

Our concert was, of course, dedicated to his memory, and the programme couldn’t have been more fitting. One of J. S. Bach’s most celebrated organ works, the Passacaglia and Fugue, arranged for piano duet by Max Reger, and two Requiem settings - one by Reger himself, and the culmination of the concert, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. Of course, neither of these two Requiem settings sets the traditional Latin Requiem, but one is a poem entitled Requiem, and the other is a set of seven movements setting verses from the Bible, on death and consolation.

Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

Indeed, Lee’s directive from our first rehearsal of the Brahms was to emphasise consolation, redemption, and hope, and to downplay the fire and brimstone. The chosen tempi were relaxed, never rushed, and always taking care to ensure there was hope - a ray of light
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Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

We were delighted to be accompanied on piano duet by our répétiteur Ivan Linford and our good friend William Thallon, and we were joined by soloists Rebecca Bottone and Gwion Thomas. Rebecca’s movement Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit, was a particular highlight - not accompanied by piano duet, but piano solo, as a simple song, with a small semichorus singing with her, all unconnected, with the choir sat down. A sudden moment of total intimacy in what was a truly memorable and moving evening.
 
Our pianists rehearsing Bach's Passacaglia