Thank you for a shorter rehearsal and the AGM which was very business-like and positive. The choir is in good shape, high membership, good income, lots of friendly support and energy and a very exciting four-year programme.
- Final concert rehearsals – in addition to Wednesday 12 December, there is an extra one on Thursday 13 in St Mary’s Church, Banbury at 7.30.
- On concert day – Saturday 15 – we rehearse with the orchestra from 2.00 – 5.00
- Christmas – We are not participating in the Town Carols (too near the concert ahead of a busy week). Chastleton House has invited a group to sing for them in the morning on Sunday 2 December. We will collect names over the next two weeks. There will be a rehearsal for this on MONDAY 26 November in the Methodist Church – programme will consist of some trad carols and simple arrangements we can get together quickly (same pieces as for the ‘snowed off’ event last year)
- Next term – We are preparing the African Sanctus by David Fanshawe. This is an interesting, rather quirky but seminal piece of 20th cent choral music, an early attempt at ‘fusion’ – mixing extracts of recorded music from Africa with composed ‘western choral style’. It predates the explosion of ‘Roots music’ – the shared interest and familiarity with indigenous world music and ‘crossover’ styles which mix it together. Below are links to a rather wooden performance from Poland which clearly shows what the set up is and how the choir sings with the recordings and the 1975 BBC documentary about the making of the piece – the quality is very poor but it gives some insight to David Fanshawe’s mission. There are a few decent CDs of the piece too.
Rehearsal: RVW pages 54 to 67
What we will do on 14.11.18
We must press on through a lot more to get it covered, so ambitiously we will attempt the following – any prep you can do will help a lot.
RVW: Pages 40-46; pages 67 & 68; pages 22 – 28; sing through pages 30-39 (for the following week)
Elgar: Sing through pages 32-40 and 42-45 (for following week)
African Sanctus links
Whole performance – Music starts at 7′ 30″!:
BBC 1975 Omnibus TV documentary. dreadful quality (bootleg recording probably) but shows how Fanshawe collected his material and inspiration. If you get as far as his comments about English traditional music (i.e. we’re losing it and no one knows any) – is he right?!