HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE and welcome to our new members – Louise and Maggie.
It is good to be back and to see everyone again. Many are still struck down by the nasty bug that circulated over Christmas; best wishes and we hope to see you back soon.
We had an excellent first rehearsal and eased ourselves back into working. It’s a short term with much to do so we will be ‘full on’ next week!
We began by reading the Introduction in the Oxford Book of Spirituals (OBS)together; It is important to understand some of the history and background to the development of Gospel and Spiritual music and for us to establish the attitude with which we must approach our work, and the traditions we should respect. These will have an impact on how we learn and perform this music. I urged everyone to read A note on dialect on page xvii to understand how we must approach language and to look at the website for the Fisk Jubilee Singers http://www.fiskjubileesingers.org
This programme – working title: Let my people go will be an opportunity to reflect on the current state of the world and how little has changed…….
The programme this term will contain the following pieces:
Choral selection from Porgy & Bess (choral leaflet)
Let it shine (choral leaflet)
Blue Mountain River; Give me strength; How can I keep from singing; Swing low sweet chariot.
From Oxford book of spirituals:
Go tell it on the mountain; Don’t you let nobody turn you round; Let us break bread together; Were you there?
Tippett – 5 Negro Spirituals
I have also selected some extra pieces which might be added depending on progress!
The concert will also feature some instrumental items, readings and possible contributions from other invited guests. There will be opportunities for several solos from within the choir too.
What we will do on 11.04.17
Songstream: Blue Mountain river & Swing low
Porgy & Bess
Tippett: Deep river; Steal away & Nobody knows
OBS: Go tell it on the mountain
Thank you, Peter