What we will do on 26.06.19

Many thanks to James and Chris for a great rehearsal last week.

This week we will sing though everything covered so far this term:

Pages 11-31 (small score same pages)

42-45 (small 40-53)

76-79 (small 70-74 to ‘new moon’) – THEN ON TO PAGE 83 (small 79)

103-107 (small 98-101)

Thank you for a lot of hard work and useful learning this term – have a great break and see you on September 4th.


When we return in September the sections to be tackled in the first few weeks will be as follows. A weekly timetable will be issued, but should you want to keep on top of your game over the summer:

Pages 79-83 (small 74-79) Recap

58-65 (small 55-61)



107-120 (small 102-111)

120-end (small 111)


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What we did on 05.06.19

Good rehearsal with a lot of concentration (always required these days!) – well done all.

O daughter of Babylon – Pages 19-24, FIGS 11-14+ (small score p20-25);  Praise ye – Pages 49-55, FIGS 35-38 (small score p48-53) and sang through pages 25-31, FIGS 15-20 (small score p26-31

What we will do on 12.06.19

The ‘Elements’ – pages 42-49 then join up to p55 Figs 28-38 (small score p40-53)

If I forget thee – Pages 11-16, FIGS 8-10 (small score p12-18)

Then recap: Pages 76-79 (ss 70-74) and pages 103-107 (ss 98-102)

What we will do on 19.06.19

James and Chris will kindly take this rehearsal.

Short new section: Waters of Babylon – Pages 17 & 18 (ss 18 & 19), then recap pages 11-24 (ss 12-25)

Sing through 25-31 (ss 26-31) and if time pages 42-55 (ss 40-53)

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What we did on 22.05.19

Excellent rehearsal thank you! We covered three sections to consolidate a good half term’s work:

Started learning ‘If I forget thee’: Pages 11-13, FIGS 8-9 (small score pages 12-14) and also recap the three sections attempted this term so far!

What we will do on 05.06.19

For the rest of this term we will sit in new two-choir positions!

‘O daughter of Babylon’ Pages 19-24, FIGS 11-14+ (small score pages 20-25)

‘Praise ye the God of silver’ Pages 42-55, FIGS 28-38 (small scores pages 40-53)

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

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What we did on 15.05.19

Started learning ‘Then sing aloud’: Pages 103-107, FIGS 67-71 (small score pages 98-101)

Alto, bass and tenor ‘auditions’ All singers attending in the last two weeks have been allocated to a choir.

AUDITIONS FOR TWO CHOIRS:  The auditions are over and we have two balanced choirs for the Walton now. If you missed these, please see me next rehearsal and I will place you in a choir. Thank you.

What we will do on 22.05.19


Start learning ‘If I forget thee’: Pages 11-13, FIGS 8-9 (small score pages 12-14) and also recap the three sections attempted this term so far!


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What we did on 08.05.19

Great rehearsal thank you – welcome to a new member (alto!)

We warmed up with ‘By the rivers of Babylon’ Boney M style and added some harmony parts.

We started work on Pages 25-31 (both scores), FIGS 15-20, then went over pages 76-79, between FIGS 55 & just beyond 57 (small score pages 70-74).

The sopranos had their section ‘audition’ and were divided into choir 1 & 2 singers.

What we will do on 15.05.19

Start learning ‘Then sing aloud’: Pages 103-107, FIGS 67-71 (small score pages 98-101) and also recap the two sections covered so far (see previous listings)


What we will do on 22.05.19

Start learning ‘If I forget thee’: Pages 11-13, FIGS 8-9 (small score pages 12-14) and also recap the two sessions from last week. 

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What we did on 01.05.19

Welcome back everyone and ‘hello’ new members! A great turn out for the start of the summer term.

I congratulated everyone again on the superb AFRICAN SANCTUS concert and revealed the mystery of the ‘missing’ African music in the Credo! I also shared my visit to David Fanshawe’s archive in Malvern; Jane Fanshawe gave me an excellent tour of his wonderful collection of tapes, pictures and diaries. I saw the actual page from November 1974 signed by Mayinda Owawo, the Hippo Man – the symbol of African Sanctus. It was a pleasing way to round off the whole African Sanctus journey we shared last term.

I briefly introduced William Walton and his music to set the context. It’s worth reading the Wikipedia entry on him, it’s unusually accurate, brief and informative!

I reminded everyone about the challenges ahead to prepare this amazing piece. Please listen to a recording to become familiar with the sound world and what to expect. There are plenty available on Amazon and the choice is really what accompanying pieces you prefer to have in your collection! The online resources are invaluable for personal learning. The best two are Choraline and Cyberbass . Please always look through what we did at the previous rehearsal and just check ahead to see what’s coming. Marking up your score is very helpful (e.g. locating your line when the music divides into multiple parts).

I mentioned the process for dividing everyone into two choirs. These need to be equal in size, so over the next two weeks we will sort this in sectionals. If you are missing a rehearsal, don’t worry, you will be allocated a choir on your return.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCORES: We are using two editions – The smaller scores (1955) and a the new edition (2007 – the larger copies). The rehearsal figures (numbers in boxes) are in both, but the page numbers differ!! Most annoying but not impossible to manage. The new edition has bar numbers, the smaller scores do not! Each time we look at a new section we will put bar numbers in together – this is quicker and more accurate.

We made a good start on learning Belshazzar’s Feast and rehearsed pages 76-79 (pages 70-74 in the hired, small, scores). For the first bash it was pretty good, well done.

WHAT WE WILL DO ON 08.05.19: Figure 15 which is pages 25-31 (small score 26-31) and revisit last week’s section.

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Summer term rehearsals [Belshazzar’s Feast]                                         Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 May                                                                                   (No reh on May 29)                                                                                                      5, 12, 19, 26 June

Autumn term [Belshazzar’s Feast & Christmas programme]                      Start: Wednesday 4 September                                                                  Saturday 5 October – Belshazzar Day Workshop – Robert Dean                                  (YES reh on Oct 30 – half term)                                                                    Belshazzar concert Sunday November 3 – Cheltenham Town Hall (Transport arrs to be advised)                                                                 Wednesday 6 November – Rehearsals continue [Christmas programme] Christmas concert Saturday 21 December – St Mary’s Church

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Warming up and voice training

Work your way through this short video to develop your technique and sound….

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