Last week we had really good attendance online – especially from the Sops and Altos, so please do keep coming.  It was a tricky session with the new piece but judging by the pictures of the mouths opening and closing I think we were all making progress!

Next rehearsal we’ll continue to learn the Harwood piece (do listen to it being sung by a full choir to get the feeling of how your part fits into it overall!) but will also include some pieces we have sung before.  This way we will have music which is up our sleeves for as soon as we can perform together but we can also enjoy a jolly good sing of pieces we are already familiar with – hopefully also reconnecting us with how good it felt when we sang them together in concert, rather than just to the dog or the neighbours 🙂

Need more help with the singing?

We recognise that learning new pieces is tricky and particularly in current circumstances, so Graham has very kindly said if you feel you would like some extra help he would be happy for you to email him (music@leconfieldsingers.co.uk) to arrange for him to do an online individual or small group session or provide other help. He would just ask for a small contribution of some kind to cover his time and legendary expertise!

Did you have trouble joining the rehearsal and/or pub?

Please let us know if you would like to join online rehearsals or socialise with us in the online pub but aren’t managing to make it work or would like to keep in contact with us another way.  Just email chair@leconfieldsingers.co.uk.

We are aware that there were problems last week with both accessing the rehearsal files and also accessing the Virtual Rehearsal/Pub webpage, but hopefully these have now been sorted. The main thing is…please make sure you are familiar with our Virtual Rehearsal/Pub webpage and how to log in to it before the next rehearsal starts.

Also – if you have problems printing please let me know (treasurer@leconfieldsingers.co.uk) and I’ll do my best to print and post them to you in time for the next rehearsal.  Please only use this option if you really need to though!

Rehearsal & Pub Next Wednesday

Next rehearsal will follow the same format as last week, with Sops & Altos kicking off at 7.30pm and Tenors and Basses at 8.30-9.30pm.  For our Virtual pub we intend to keep the same time slot running next week, although it looks like the most successful time is after 9.30pm when the gents join, but do feedback please (email chair@leconfieldsingers.co.uk) so that we can tailor it to your needs more!

Just a note of caution….there have been reports of security issues with the software we’re using – Zoom.  To be sure to have the latest version with security patches installed, please be sure to download the latest version before our next session, and be aware that in the future you may be placed into a ‘waiting room’ from which you will be let in prior to joining the rehearsal.

Keeping in Touch

Thanks to all of you who responded so far to our call to set up a Choir Contacts database that we can share with choir members.  It’s very simple – to get on the list you just need to complete a form.  We will send the details to our members in a document protected by a password, which will be constantly updated as more people ask to be added.

CLICK HERE to complete the form

In the meantime let’s use our Social Media – Facebook and Instagram pages to keep us connected and uplifted.  Please send any photos of DIY projects etc – or suggestions to Emma (socialmedia@leconfieldsingers.co.uk) and if appropriate/not too rude I’m sure she will do her best to include them!

Getting your Music/Culture Fix online…

There are loads of online resources/events going on to keep you singing/listening to music during these times of social distancing.  Here are a few that we thought might be of interest:

Online choirs

All choirs hit the same problems as us in terms of not being able to practise/sing live and hear each other over the internet due to latency issues.  However there are a few online choirs emerging where your singing will be recorded and later mixed with other voices to produce a concert which will in some cases will be broadcast:

Opera broadcasts

  • Met Opera Nighly Streams
    • During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
  • The Royal Opera House
    • The Royal Opera House is offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts as part of our #OurHousetoYourHouse series. Full-length productions, musical masterclasses and glimpses behind the scenes can be seen for free any time, anywhere across the globe. This will include the following broadcasts, available on demand, for free, via the our Facebook and YouTube channels

Thespians

Make Music Yourself

  • Free music download from Pennine Music
  • Free brass music from Lode for Publishing – plus an online challenge to create your own recording
  • Acapella is an app that lets you create and share music with each other.
  • Learn an instrument online. If you have time on your hands, why not dig out that old trumpet and get practicing. There are lots of YouTube tutorials out there to help as well as professionals offering online lessons (our Corporate Member Your Space Music, for example).  Then send us your progress for our Facebook/Instagram pages (email Emma at socialmedia@leconfieldsingers.co.uk)
  • Our corporate member, Black Dress Code, is turning their website into a temporary digital concert hall to allow musicians to stream performances. Audiences will be charged a fee to watch, which will then be passed on to performers. Email info@blackdresscode.com for more information.

Watch music

  • The music section of this Chatter Pack article lists some streaming of live performances and pre-recorded concerts.

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That’s it for now – see you on Wednesday, and during these times, you might appreciate a Horoscope to let you know of things to come…