Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in last night’s concert. It was a wonderful evening and the packed church added a special atmosphere. I have written to the soloists and Oxybaroxy thanking them for their superb contributions; they were very happy to be involved and pleased to be given the opportunity. Mark Levy wrote to me:
Thanks again for inviting us to play. It’s invaluable experience for the young players. Nice evening all round I thought and you do a great job with the choir, just the right mix of relaxed humour with dedication to the task. Well done.
Another one perhaps in a few years?
It has been a thoroughly enjoyable term and the music was a nice mix – enough challenge without been fraught and you learnt it well. Lovely to have nearly 80 singers for the late spring concert, our largest attendance. It was actually our last concert with Bernard, but we will see him for the Singday and next term so there is time for a proper ‘send off’. On behalf of everyone I want to thank him for a brilliant contribution to the concert and for all the support in preparation.
My VERDIct on the performance was a job thoroughly well done and you should be proud of what you achieved. I felt we hit the dress rehearsal very well prepared and only had to focus on really performing and communicating to the audience.
The Stanford was excellent and drew the most praise (in the few conversations I had with listeners). It was a good opening piece – direct and bold and you gave it some ‘welly’ (vernacular expression).
The Handel was deftly handled, possibly better overall in the afternoon than the evening, but it was very good and I was particularly pleased with how stylish your performance was – light, precise and rhythmic.
We took a long time to master the Verdi and many members have said how much they enjoyed it – unusual and different. The performance was good, with convincing Italian and you did it well. It lacked strength in places and I couldn’t get more passion/volume out of you despite gesticulating because I never had eye contact with enough of you! This intensely passionate requires much more individual commitment and input and real togetherness than, say, the Handel which motors along due to the counterpoint and rhythmic energy within it. It’s an exposed piece with a lot of short phrases and therefore many starts ‘n’ stops. It was still remarkably good though and in tune which was a major challenge so well done; the ending was particularly effective.
The Vivaldi was just fabulous and like a chilled Prosecco, fizzed with energy, well done. The soloists also sang their best here and you supported the Lorna (alto) in Domine deus superbly with tidy entries and delicately balanced phrases.
Thank you again for an enjoyable and memorable evening and all your hard work. Also to everyone who helped to set up and strike the stage afterwards and to the committee for planning and actions throughout the term.
It is particularly pleasing when a concert programme and a term’s hard work just click into place and go so well on the day with a lovely atmosphere and a contented feeling afterwards. That is a credit to everyone involved for being so committed, willing and biddable, and as Mark says above having ‘just the right mix of humour and dedication to the task‘
Many thanks for a very productive term – a good concert, best Music Festival performance ever, a good consultation on future concert pieces and a programme plan for the next 5 years. I hope you come to the Singday and enjoy the Vivaldi again and experience the Voyage. The three Wednesday rehearsals – May 30, June 6 & 13 are to prepare for the Voyage in particular (and also the sops & altos who fancy the Vivaldi solo items!). Just come to as many as you can.
If you can’t make the Singday, do have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all again on September 5 to start on the Elgar Music Makers and Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem.
Happy holidays and very best wishes,