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











Christmas is Back! with a brassy bang!

4 December 2021

Following the huge success of Messiah just one month ago we were straight back at it with our “Fanfares and Carols” concert with the wonderful Adele Hudson and her Rushden Town Band. It was a-ma-zing! Covid continued to have an impact, with over two dozen choir members pinged, isolating, or at home with a sniffle (the new normal is - anything even approaching a sniffle - stay away!).

Our first rehearsal with
Rushden Town Band
The View from the Tenors

Despite that, we had a blast. We could have done with those extra 28 singers to help get our sound out over the powerful brass (and having the compere mic “on” throughout the concert only amplified the balance problem (!!!), but once again we rose to the challenge. We were once again in a new venue, The Cripps Hall Theatre, and were assisted by their team. What a great venue it proved to be - super lighting, comfortable seating, plenty of room at the interval, even a lift up to the gallery.

The View from the Gallery

Our appointed photographer was also pinged (just as at Messiah - argh!), but audience members (and what a large audience it was - brilliant) and others rallied round and took some great shots. There are more shots, including 360 degree panoramas, on our Facebook page - do take a look.

Choir and Band in Full Flight

We were especially delighted to give the first performance of Paul Truman’s brass band arrangement of the late Malcolm Tyler’s Mary had a baby - written for us many years ago, with organ accompaniment in mind. There were so many highlights, but O holy night had the magical sound of choir and vibraphone (possibly a first for us) and the stunning tuba solo in Frosty the Snowman. We loved it, we think the band loved it, too, and with a few tweaks it will be perfect for the audience this time next year.