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660 Days... We're Back

27 October 2021

On 6 January 2020 members of the Northampton Bach Choir sang Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. The remainder of the term was taken up preparing for the choir’s first ever performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year. But, alas, Covid-19 swept that aside, and that, alongside performances of music by Bach, Bruckner, and much more, were cancelled.

The Conductor's View

660 days after that Choral Evensong, nearly sixty members of the choir returned to a live “performance” with another Choral Evensong, this time on home soil. Earlier tonight they sang Choral Evensong for the Lord Lieutenant, marking the Feast Day (or thereabouts!) of Ss Crispin and Crispinian. As in Oxford, the Responses were our Musical Director’s own, and the canticles were sung to the setting in B flat by Henry Thomas Smart. The anthem on this occasion was Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and there were hymns aplenty, including a firecracker arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Lee Conducting from the South Gallery
Ivan at the Gallery Organ Console

We are so very glad to be back, and hugely looking forward to the remainder of our season, which continues in just a few weeks with a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

The Choir assembled on the
North Gallery
The Revd Oliver Coss introduces
the Service