Good to see and hear you all again and a very warm welcome to new members; I hope you enjoy the journey with us, great to have you on board.
After the triumph of the Christmas concert, which was very special and truly spectacular, we now have a very different and exciting term ahead. Key things:
- The programme for the term is an African journey built around the amazing African Sanctus by David Fanshawe, composer and explorer. The concert will also feature a collection of African songs and short pieces plus the addition of his short Dona nobis pacem. We will be accompanied by piano, guitars, timpani, percussion, drums and hopefully some African percussion too!
- Concert date: Saturday 6 April in Sts Peter & Paul Church, Deddington
- Other performances: As usual we will perform in the Chipping Norton Music Festival Choral Class on Saturday 9 March in the afternoon and will sing the Lord’s Prayer (from Sanctus) and something else from our concert programme
What we did last week:
This was a great start to the term, thank you. We sang Hey ungua (African welcome song) and started on the Lord’s Prayer and Kyrie from the AS. We soon discovered that we are required to sing in our normal choral style – pure tone, matching vowels and sustained sound – and also in a more relaxed and direct way – letting go of the notes and sustaining the ‘n’ and ‘m’ consonants when required! We all have a bit of ‘unlearning’ to do about the way we sing and it’s going to be fun!
What we will do on 16.01.19
The opening Sanctus; more detail in the Kyrie, and another African song surprise. We will also explore the rhythms of the Credo (p29+)