|The first rehearsal next term is going to be Saturday the 16th Jan.|
Our current assumption is that we will have to do another complete term with remote rehearsals as the rollout of the vaccine battles against post-Christmas rises in R rates. We'll keep you informed of any changes to that plan.
Repertoire for the Spring term is still being finalised but it is likely to be a mix of old and new, particularly from our standard books:
Encores for Choirs 2
Madrigals and Partsongs
Moses Hogan "Feel The Spirit" books 1 and 2.
James welcomes your suggestions for pieces to work on in 2021, including in particular from the Moses Hogan books. He also mentioned that the feedback on what you liked and what went less well for you was really useful in shaping the sessions, so any more input would be gratefully received.
|A happy Christmas to all our members and supporters. What a strange year but we have managed to keep on singing and it has been lovely to see each other’s faces most weeks. Thank you to everyone who made this happen.|
The virtual Christmas concert has given us the opportunity to strengthen our ties with other local choirs and raise money for a Bishops Stortford charity.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will be able to sing together in person in 2021. Hopefully we will have a big party on our return.
In the meantime, stay safe and see you all in 2021!
|Despite our best efforts to keep the tour on the calendar with a new date in 2021, we have finally had to admit that the double whammy of Covid and Brexit means it isn't going to happen.|
We really, really hope to be able to put this on in 2022.
Meanwhile you may want to put a reminder in your diary for the weekend of 26th-29th March 2021 to Drink Guinness, Sing Songs and Have Fun.
Maybe we can organise some sort of e-tour...
Anyone feeling creative?
|Hi there everyone,|
Here's a reminder of the music we covered in the e-rehearsals up to Christmas.
Carol of the Bells and Deck the Hall sheet music was distributed to you..
The rest of it is in our standard books as shown, and if it's not in the books then there are PDFs in the Active Songs section (under the MEMBERS menu, and you will need to be logged in).
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, tra la....
Praetorius - Lo, how a rose e'er blooming (OUP - 100 Carols for Choirs)
Assersohn - Deck the Hall and stairs (sheet music/PDF)
Arr. Aylett - White Christmas/Rudolph Medley (PDF)
Gant - Still, still, still (Novello Noel Bk1)
Poston - Jesus Christ the apple tree (OUP - 100 Carols for Choirs)
Joubert - Torches (Carols for Choirs book 1 if you have it, otherwise PDF)
Lassus - La Nuit Froide et Sombre (Madrigals & Partsongs p178)
Arr. Barnard - O Holy Night (PDF)
Leontovitch - Carol of the Bells (sheet music/PDF)
Arr. Willcocks - Good King Wenceslas (OUP - 100 Carols for Choirs)
Arr. Foggitt - Jingle Bell Rock (PDF)
Darke - In the Bleak Midwinter (OUP - 100 Carols for Choirs)
Lauridsen - Sure on this shining night (already in your folder)
|Huge thanks to everyone who has already logged on and updated their attendance. This includes ALL the Tenors, so they win the Joss Loveday Prize for Keenness. |
Here is a handy little report which any choir member can see, showing you the availability for the 11th Jan rehearsal. If you want your name to appear in the top row then go to the main member login page and fill in your availability on the right, or down the bottom if you are using your phone. If you have forgotten your username/password then there is a button on the login page to have it reset.
|The 2021 Amici Cantate tour to Ireland is 26th to 29th March !!!!|
50 of us have signed up to travel to Kerry, most arriving at Kerry Airport on FR701 around 3.40 pm whereupon a Kerry Coaches 49-seater will be waiting to drive to the Lansdowne Arms Hotel in Kenmare (60 kilometres by larger roads) You will travel past Killarney and catch sight of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland.
Arrival at the hotel estimated around 5.15 - 6 pm where you can have a wander around town and maybe try out some of the local brews at a variety of bars, all within very convenient walking distance. Dinner on Friday will be served at the hotel and is included in our booking.
Saturday morning will be free for walking around town or south to the pier or through Reenagross Park along the river estuary.
The Park Hotel across the road has lovely grounds. Just don't all go there at once! The bridge at the mouth of the river links the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara to the south.
There are numerous shops, galleries, craft and gift shops, coffee bars, restaurants, pubs etc etc in town. The natives are very friendly. There will also be numbers of tourists. Carry around a few fliers to publicise our concert and tell them about it.
We will have a rehearsal and concert on Saturday at St Patrick's church, a short walk from the hotel so people can return in between for changing and comfort breaks (time to be confirmed.) We will be joined by the South Kerry Rosen choir (small in number) for some parts of the concerts
On Sunday you have a free morning and then a pickup at 2 pm for a scenic drive along the south section of the Ring of Kerry.
A short afternoon rehearsal will be in St Michael's church in Sneem followed by a concert at 5 pm.
Returning to Kenmare by 8 pm and a possible evening get-together (still in planning stages)
Breakfast in the hotel Monday morning with a 10 am pickup for a leisurely drive via Moll's Gap on a winding road which passes above the Killarney lakes, pulling in for viewpionts and photo opportunities. Stopoff at Torc waterfall and then some time to explore Killarney and have coffee or snacks prior to arrival back at Kerry airport before 3 pm so there is time for those who need to check in luggage for the flight home - FR702
Click on the Upcoming Events page, Tour to Kerry, to see participants and map
Information will be altered or updated periodically. Do pack your waterproofs as I can guarantee rain will fall at some time.