Next Rehearsal

Final rehearsal for our last concert, Bach's B minor Mass, at St Andrew's, 1 February 2020
The final rehearsal for our last concert, Bach’s B minor Mass, at St Andrew’s, 1 February 2020

Next Rehearsal

Our next rehearsal is on Thursday 20 January, 8-8.30pm, at St Michael’s.

Duncan writes: ‘We will be covering as much as possible. The chief aim is now presentation i.e. heads up and performing to the audience.’

Bring a pencil to the next two rehearsals for ‘stands and sits’.

(Also see Duncan’s message below.)


A Message from Duncan:

Friday, January 7

It was sounding really good again last night after our Christmas break, and the choir responds so well to the musical and textual suggestions. It would be good to get through the choruses a little more quickly, so plenty of preparation for these final rehearsals please.

A few points:
During the two choruses before ‘All we like sheep’ we need to keep ‘All we like sheep‘ in mind in order to achieve the lightness, rhythm and humour. There’s a danger we’re in a state of collapse at the point where we need to be on tiptoes!

P.128 bar 16 – there is some weakness on ‘the Lord strong and mighty‘!
The build ups on ‘Who is the King of glory?’ need to be processed.

Since by man‘, pp.186-7 – can we not redo this for the tuning? No flatness on ascending intervals and altos and tenors landing on a bright g sharp and b for example. Try to predict (with a keyboard at home?) where it might fall flat.

P.92 bar 17 – an effective diminuendo with a quaver on ‘God‘, followed by a chink of silence.
ThaT Taketh‘ – double T.

Please have the important leads from memory. I won’t list them all as they should be obvious.
Eg. Basses – He trusted in God and Amen (p.225).
Altos – Behold the lamb of God.
Sopranos – For unto us a child is born and And he shall purify.
Tenors – Let us break their bonds asunder.

Next Thursday (January 13);

P. 146 The Lord gave the word. This was a little unstable rhythmically with people going at different speeds.
P. 161 Let us break. Tenors – your big moment in context with the previous aria. Impossible to do unless looking at the conductor!
P. 171 Hallelujah. Try to find the tricky moments that are not sounding effortless yet.
P. 186 Since by Man.
P. 217 to the end.

Many thanks!

(All the Messiah files are available for practice purposes on our John Fletcher webpage.)


Below are lists of music we rehearsed over the previous two terms, via Zoom.

(Click on the titles of the pieces to go to a pdf of the music.)


This is the top 20 list of the Choir’s choice of music for the summer term that finished in June 2021, in order of preference chosen by the members:
In addition Duncan’s choices were Monteverdi Vespers Sicut erat in principio from the Magnificat, and Purcell I was glad.
Julian’s choice was the Kyrie from Mozart’s C Minor Mass.

Verdi, Va pensiero (Nabucco)
Bach, Lobet den Herrn
Bach, Ruht wohl (St John Passion)
Vivaldi, Gloria (Gloria) (pp.1-7 of the link)
Mozart, Ave verum corpus
Handel, My heart is inditing (Coronation Anthems)
Bruckner, Locus iste
Haydn, The Heavens are telling (Creation)
Mozart, Laudate Dominum
Handel, The King shall rejoice (Coronation Anthems)
Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine
Dvorak, Songs of Nature
Ives, Sweet nightingale (Three Folksongs)
Monteverdi, Ave maris stella (Vespers)
Purcell, With drooping wings (Dido and Aeneas)
Handel, Hallelujah chorus (Messiah)
Bach, Jauchzet, frohlocket (Christmas Oratorio, part 1)
Handel, Zadok the priest (Coronation Anthems)
Ives, Songs of Ariel
Parry, I was glad
Berlioz, Shepherds’ farewell (L’Enfance du Christ)
Parry There rolls the deep
Byrd Agnus Dei
Marenzio Hodie Maria virgo

Below is a list of pieces we sang in the Autumn term 2020-21:

Brahms Requiem
Bach O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht
Bach Wachet Auf (first movement)
Bach Wachet Auf (Chorale)
Reger Ich liege und schlafe (pp.6-7)
Rheinberger Abendlied
Clara Schumann Abendfeier in Venedig