Monday, 3 December 2012

Singing

I've posted before about Choir 18, with whom Jenny and I have sung in Venice, Brussels and Strasbourg, and this weekend we were with them again, though not in quite such exotic locations.  On Saturday we gave a short lunchtime concert in Southwark Cathedral, then yesterday sang an Advent carol service in a minute church near the village of Stanstead Abbots just south of Hertford.

The Southwark Cathedral music was all new to me, and it was a bit of a struggle on two rehearsals, particularly as two tenors dropped out at the last minute and for the last piece, O Magnum Mysterium by Gabrielli, the conductor moved some first basses up to second tenor, and made the second tenors sing the alto line.  My sight reading is not great, and I really found singing the new line difficult after one quick run-through in the morning.  Everything else was pretty good, so overall we were happy with our performance.

Yesterday at St James in Stansteadbury was also difficult, singing some stuff we'd never seen before with just the rehearsal on the day.  Inevitably there were a few iffy moments, but overall it wasn't too bad.  It was made more interesting by the fact that the church has no electricity or heating, so no lights, just candles.  And someone had to pump the organ by hand.  We were thoroughly chilled by the time it was all over.

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