The anticipation, excitement and commitment certainly paid off with a concert , that I think, will be one of the Society’s finest.
Having the musicians there for the afternoon rehearsal just brought it all together. Hearing the double bass come in after the first fews bars in the opening Kyrie, made my tears run rendering me voiceless for a minute or so, as my late father was a great bass player, playing with the big dance bands plus other jazz groups. I could see him so clearly strumming and bowing away getting wrapped up in every note that was played. It was a very poignant moment for me.
Will was so easy to work with and very encouraging about the sound we were producing. Well, we certainly could not let him nor Howard down after all the work we had put in.
Performance here we come! Wasn’t it great ? You just know after the opening notes that all will be well and we took it to another level.
I think we were rather tentative for a while about the Songs of Peace buy maybe having Will there playing made us relax and get into the pieces. Even the D sharp was spot on !! All the parts were secure and you couldn’t help but be swept away with a glorious sound and feel for the music.
There was a real energy throughout the pieces of the Mass. I don’t know about you but when the opening bars begin and then it blasts into the double time, the adrenaline is swirling around and you become very focused for the start of the Kyrie.
We didn't appear to be phased either by the faster tempo in the Credo ! How good was that ? HEADS UP for the last chord.... and at the end, well how much longer were we going to hang onto that note ? For as long as Will Todd wanted to , is the simple answer!!
All soloists, musicians and performers were TERRIFIC making this a truly memorable evening.
As Will Todd said, singing is a wonderful thing to be involved with.
We are so fortunate to be able to experience moments like these throughout our singing. We enjoy coming together as a group to sing, support each other, socialise and rub out !! Some of us ,one day, may win a hamper !!
Long may it continue. VIVA LA MUSICA !!
We have an invitation to sing which I’m passing on to the whole choir as everyone knows Songs of Peace. If anyone would like to group together / share cars for a day out, I’m happy to co-ordinate and liaise with Rachel ( I’m away that weekend otherwise I’d have gone up too!).
Message from Rachael of Sutton Bonington singers:....
From: Rachael Crosland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Potential choir link-ups
Date: 4 May 2019 at 16:27:37 BST
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hope you are all well and recovered from the excitement of New York! Apologies for such a slow reply on my part, its all been a bit hectic over here!
Regarding possible link-ups, on our part- we have a concert here at 6pm Sunday 19th May (we would expect it to finish by around 8pm). If possible we would love to do a few pieces of our New York repertoire during that concert however as we only have 7 members who came to New York, we would be very grateful for the back up- especially tenors and basses if possible, but any help welcomed! The concert is the final part of a charity family fun day here at the university, as well as the concert there are lots of activities during the day including childrens activites, science stalls, a beer festival, an art show, and a range of food options! We would expect an audience of 300 ish. If some of your members fancied joining us then we would be thrilled to have them. There are slots for music at a bandstand during the day, so if timing allowed then we could do the repertoire both then and in the evening to give slightly more for your members to do! Provided there weren't too many we could provide them with free entry to the event, if there are a few more though we would give it at a reduced rate of £2/£3- as it is for charity. I've attached a poster for the event, our address is Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, College Road, Sutton Bonington Leicestershire, LE12 5RD, so you can work out how far the trip would be for you guys and whether any of you would fancy it.
Let me know your thoughts, we wont be offended either way as I realise this is rather late notice!
It all began when my wife Kay was practicing a duet and needed the tenor part to be sung. So I volunteered.... one could say this was truly my Eric Morecombe moment,
when I sang all the right notes (so I thought), but not necessarily in the right order!
From there on I was encouraged to join you all in Weston Choral. I enrolled in
September 2018 to be confronted with 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'! What had I let myself in for? However, I was warmly welcomed, given a seat with the tenors and then introduced to "Papa’s got a head like a ping pong ball" - one of Howard’s warm-ups. Could it get any better, I asked myself?! Simple answer: yes.
It took many hours with Kay, going over a few bars of music at a time trying to get my head around all the notes! With sheer perseverance I cracked it! Within the 'Twelve Days' there was a lovely spiritual melody and I found myself totally absorbed by the tune. I made it my go-to piece for a warm-up on my own.
After 68 years I had almost mastered English... but what now? Gaudete... LATIN! Good old Youtube came to my rescue and I spent many hours (and still do), finding the songs we were learning. Anything from Steeleye Span to the Kings Singers gave me a step up and hope!
The final rehearsal for the Christmas concert in St. John’s church was the moment of enlightenment for me. Our seating was organized in our SATB parts. We stood, then began to sing. I was surrounded by the most wonderful sound of voices coming together. It took my breath away. The concert was a step up again and I was really enjoying being a part of this company of singers supporting each other to perform at our very best. Maybe the glass of wine at half time helped!
My first term concluded on a high. Why had I not done this before? Music transports you to another level. Working with others gives you great satisfaction and when the end results sound like my first concert I can only imagine at the moment, what Mass in Blue will be like. BRING IT ON!!!
Singing feeds the soul, enriches the mind and adds immensely to the enjoyment of life - great thing to do for health, happiness and well-being. Please join us!
We perform with professional orchestras and soloists of the highest calibre. We love singing and constantly strive to raise our performance.
We regularly perform in All Saints which has an amazing accoustic and we take part in concerts in stunning venues elsewhere - most recently some of our singers sang with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) at David Geffen Hall Lincoln Centre, New York.
Our fantastic conductor, Howard Sayer, brings inspirational leadership and a wealth of experience, not to mention a lot of fun to our singing!
We sing a wide variety of music, with emphasis on newer works by living composers. We also hold singing days where we meet other singers and invite distinguished conductors.
We have fun! We make friends, and some of us go to the pub after rehearsals each week. We organise social events, singing days, quiz nights and anything else that members might like to arrange...
8th June 2019