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Dame Ethel Smyth Mass in D - A resounding success!
13 February 2023
The Ethel Smyth full score has arrived











The Ethel Smyth full score has arrived

13 February 2023

In just over a month, on Saturday 18th March 2003, Northampton Bach Choir will be performing Mass in D by Dame Ethel Smyth. The rehearsals are going well and the choir is finding it both challenging and enjoyable. Tonight was special as Laura, our guest conductor, brought in her copy of the new orchestral score. We are only able to perform this work because Lee Dunleavy (our former MD) and the Northampton Bach Choir commisioned a special arrangement with reduced orchestration so choirs such as ours are able to finance such a concert.

We are very grateful to George Morton, Wise Classical Music and of course Lee for this opportunity.

Ethel Smyth Full Score
Laura Bailie with score

Every time a choir performs this new arrangement they need to publish the quote below in their programme.

This arrangement was commissioned by Lee Dunleavy and The Northampton Bach Choir to bring this great work into the reach of choirs who cannot accommodate Ethel Smyth's own full orchestration. It was first performed by them, under the direction of Laura Bailie, on Saturday March 18th 2023.

Ethel Smyth score note
A Delighted Laura Bailie