Well the Messiah familiarisation process goes on at quite a pace – Graham was very impressed by the progress on Wednesday, and that was without a sectional as well! I don’t know about you but my sight reading has improved enormously since joining this choir (and the bar was set pretty low to begin with.. 🙂 ). This is definitely one of the great aspects of belonging to a choir – it’s not just about singing together in perfect harmony, it’s also about improving your music reading skills (or developing them from scratch if you’ve never had any!).
But practice is really key. By going over the notes and words in-between rehearsals you will not only impress all your choir pals but it will help the note learning process finish quickly so that we can concentrate more on making it sound exciting!
Practice for next week
So for our next rehearsal do keep going over the choruses we’ve looked at so far:
- Since by man came death
- Behold the Lamb
- Surely he hath borne our griefs
- as well as keeping up Hallelujah and Unto us a child is born
But if you could have a look at these new ones for our next rehearsal you will be able to lead the rest of your voice group and gain lots of Brownie points!
- And with his stripes
- All we like Sheep
- Trusted in God
Now I’m sure most of you know this by now, but there’s LOADS of help to learn these, for every chorus, however you like to learn:
- There is a Youtube full recording – useful for singing your part against without help, perhaps just reading the score. Or you might just prefer to use something like Spotify so that you can pick out the individual choruses
- There are audio files that you can stream whilst you’re in the car – if you want to avoid the embarrassment of practising in front of your nearest and dearest. These emphasise your voice part in each of the choruses against other singers, and they do actually sing the words!
- There are links to Videos on Youtube where they don’t only sing your voice part with the words but you can see a rolling score with your voice part highlighted. This is most useful as you can literally do it anywhere and don’t need your music with you!
All this help is at your fingertips – just go to our Music Programme & Practice page from the Music submenu (you’ll need to log into the Members area first).
If you need any help with any of this, including how to log in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll sort you out. No question is too small or too silly!
Dates for the Diary
Rachel read out some important dates coming up – so do please make a note of them – these are constantly updated on our Diary Dates page:
- Sat 8th Feb – Workshop 9.30am-2.30pm
- Sat 14th March – Workshop 9.30am-2.30pm
- Sat 25th April – Workshop 9.30am-2.30pm
- Sat 16th May – Messiah Concert – Arundel Cathedral – 6.30pm
- Sat 20th June – Tour/September concert workshop 9.30am-2.30pm
- Sat 12th September – Autumn Concert (evening)
- Sat 12th December – Christmas Concert
These are for everyone.
Workshops/rehearsals specifically for the tour will be advertised separately – but please note that the date of 11th July for the tour workshop is likely to be moved to 4th July…!
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That’s it for now…keep up the good work, and we may be able to put on a memorable performance, just like these guys (thanks Debbie for sending this in!):