History of Daventry Choral Society

Daventry Choral society was founded in 1990 with David Muggleton as its Musical Director. The Society’s first performance in Holy Cross Church Daventry was of Faure’s Requiem.

GilesTurner_2000In 1992 Giles Turner took over as Musical Director and during his tenure the choir was involved in many concerts and gained a reputation for high choral standards. In 2001 the choir commissioned and performed a new Requiem by David Fisher.

alexsmiling2002 the choir welcomed Alexander Walker an experienced orchestral conductor with great musical expertise. During his nine years as director we joined with other choirs such as Northampton Bach Choir and the Royal Choral Society. Beethoven Ninth and Verdi Requiem were performed in Derngate Northampton with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and an Opera Gala in The Royal Albert Hall.

In spring 2011 Doctor Nicholas Scott-Burt was appointed as our director. The choir much appreciated his experience in directing choral works and his expertise in vocal technique. A highlight under his guidance, along with our chairman Terence Libby, was the commissioning in 2015 of a new work ‘The Dane Tree’ to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the choir. Patrick Hawes was commissioned to set to music a poem written by Alfred Noyes in 1925. He was asked by Lord Reith to commemorate the opening of long wave transmissions from Daventry. Two performances were given, one in Holy Cross Church Daventry conducted by the composer and one in St Andrew’s Church Rugby conducted by Nicholas Scott- Burt.

We have gained recognition and awards from East Midlands Arts, Daventry District Council, the Millennium Fund – Awards for All and R. Griggs Arts Marketing Fund.

We were looking forward to the performance of Brahms Requiem in April 2020 when sadly it was deemed too unsafe to continue meeting because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Summer 2021, we resumed rehearsing in person after a long break due to the lockdowns and a period of online rehearsals via Zoom.