Community Choir hits half a decade of high notes

The Northampton High School Community Chamber Choir celebrates its milestone fifth birthday this month.

The Northampton High School Community Chamber Choir is celebrating its fifth birthday this month with two key events and a rather special cake. Members of the choir have been invited to sing with John Rutter CBE, Britain’s leading choral composer and conductor, alongside the Northampton Bach Choir on Saturday, here in our own school. The following day, the choir will make a welcome return to sing in Olney United Reformed Church celebrating the Harvest Festival service.

The fifth birthday is a major milestone for the choir, which was started by the school’s former Director of Music, Jo Drew, and is now led by professional soprano, Choir Director and music teacher Catriona German. There are around 20 members of the choir participating from the local community, the school staff, students and parents.

Thanks to strong support from the school, the choir has also gained a new accompanist, Derek Lau, who teaches piano at the school and is also a professional videographer. To mark the birthday at rehearsals this week, expert baker and choir member Sally Robinson has created a wonderful birthday cake.

The Northampton High School Community Chamber Choir gives informal recitals at a wide range of local events and regularly at the school open days and Christmas concerts. It sings a wide repertoire with something to suit all tastes, from Bach to the Beatles, medieval motets to musicals. There is always a warm welcome for new members.

Come and make music with us. No previous experience of reading music is required, just a love of singing. The choir is a very friendly, relaxed group and it is free to attend. You can find out more on our Facebook page or email Rachael at and we can arrange for you to come along to one of our rehearsal evenings to see what it’s like.


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