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











Live Singing started ... stopped

18 May 2021

Last night we had our first live rehearsal for over 400 days! Fifty of our members were part of our first step back, with many more following live on Zoom. We were guided by a risk assessment which would stand alongside The Brothers Karamazov in its scope and depth. Alongside our own risk assessment, we worked with the management of The Old Savoy, our Covid-19 secure home, who had their own in place. We are hugely grateful to the team there for opening up for us, for installing an ethernet cable for our Zooming and other systems, as well as managing the specific seating plan, temperature checks, paperwork, and all the facilities.

Warming up alongside our friends on Zoom
The View from Below - it is a vast space

It was such a delight, and a relief, to find that we were still in remarkably good voice! Perhaps some of the vocal stamina will take some building back up, and getting used to singing in masks will take a little while, but it was all so much more comfortable than we had feared. In particular the tuning and blend was excellent, and we relished beginning to make subtle adjustments again to music by Elgar, Mahler, and Vivaldi. Our MD even wore his special “no mingling” t-shirt!

The Choir Return to Singing

We were heartbroken, truly, this morning to discover that the long-awaited, long-promised Step 3 guidance now means that we have to return to Zoom, or perhaps to outdoor rehearsals. No reasoning has been given for this, and it seems baffling especially when we have demonstrated that we can return to sing with the safety of our members as our first and foremost priority.

Lee and Ivan - reunited
Another View from Below

We will report fully as soon as we are able, but the whole choral community in England is truly in uproar about not only these guidelines, but their late delivery, and lack of rationale. In the meantime we are glad that we at least had one opportunity to meet again, and sympathise hugely with the hundreds of choirs, including our friends in Huntingdon, Leamington Spa, and Wellingborough - as well as the Northampton Male Voice Choir - who weren’t even able to get the single session.