Keeping you updated with the latest news


13 June 2024
2023/24 season finishes at Christ Church


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











Summer in the Alps

12 April 2021

The potential for live music-making is still frustratingly far away as the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to circulate. We are hopeful that on Monday 17 May the country will move into step 3 of the relaxation of rules, and we will be able to meet to sing live in rehearsal, albeit in a very gentle and uncertain way.

Summer in the Alps

In the meantime we have a wonderful programme of music for our Zoom Home Choir sessions, which explores music in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom, at the turn of the twentieth-century. In particular it focuses on what it took for the English Musical Renaissance to start, and whether there is any credibility in the claim that between Purcell and Elgar, say, Britain was indeed Das Land ohne Musik.

Elgar Timeline

Last term all of our Musical Director’s choirs were singing repertoire from different areas and periods - Bach, Dvořák, Forrest, Haydn, Janáček, Mozart, Sullivan, and more. This meant that our Fridays at Four expert sessions were very diverse. This term, however, all his choirs are singing music connected to Sir Edward Elgar and/or composed during his lifetime.

The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir are exploring British music with a Sea theme, including works by Coleridge-Taylor, Elgar, Ireland, Florence Ashton Marshall, and Stanford. The Huntingdonshire Philharmonic are singing Cathedral classics from the period, with music by Bairstow, Elgar, E. W. Naylor, Parry, Alice Mary Smith, Stanford, and Wood. The Wellingborough Singer are singing a varied programme of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s sacred and secular choral music. Our programme is as follows:

 • From the Bavarian Highlands - Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
 • Rückert-Lieder - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) arr. Lee Dunleavy
 • Prologue from Der Wald - Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
 • An der schönen, blauen Donau - Johann Strauss II (1825-99)
 • Morgen! - Richard Strauss (1864-1949) arr. Lee Dunleavy

We are hugely looking forward to singing this glorious music, especially revisiting one of our MD’s passions - Mahler - and one of the few pieces by Sir Edward Elgar which we have never in our 80-year history performed, From the Bavarian Highlands.