Wednesday 7th September Conductor’s Notes

What a week it’s been this week. A quick one to update you all on what we’ll be doing.

What we did on Wednesday 07.09.22

A very good start to our term. As well as welcoming many new members, we had a great turn out to being learning Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem.

We started by learning sections of the 2nd movement Denn alles Fleisch, 3rd movement Herr, lehre doch mich, 4th movement Wie lieblich sind, and the very opening Selig sind.

What we will do on Wednesday 14.09.22

We’ll be looking at:
– The 4th movement from where we got to last week – bar 46 onwards.
– The 1st movement.
– The 7th movement.

If you want to be really ‘on it’ do give these movements a listen and a sing through with this recommended recording HERE.

Other information

Marked scores for the Christmas Programme will be provided in the next notes, and the Brahms by the end of the term.

This Week’s listening

On the evening of the death of HM the Queen the Philadelphia Orchestra were supposed to be performing Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Instead, dressed all in black, they gave a short and emotional performance, as summed up by their post on social media:

“Upon our arrival in London this afternoon for planned concerts at the BBC Proms, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had the honor to perform the British National Anthem and “Nimrod”, from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations.
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the British people on the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
It is our sincere hope that this music, with its profound meaning, will serve in some way as the United Kingdom and the world mourns the passing of this remarkable leader.”

So, for you all, Elgar’s Nimrod.

– Ben