Now is the month of maying

Wirksworth Community Choir gave their spring concert on Saturday, and were able to include a most appropriate madrigal, ‘Now is the month of maying’ ( by Thomas Morley).  I do like this version by the King’s Singers.  The concert was held in St Mary’s church in Wirksworth, a beautiful building with lovely acoustics.

We had the privilege of giving a premiere performance of a brilliant choral anthem – God is ascended up on High – by Derek Moore Morgan. It employs a brilliant trumpet solo along with organ. There is a family connection to the choir, and we sang it in memory of a dear member of the alto section who sadly died last year.

It was a very pleasant evening, with a varied programme, and several contributions from talented pupils from the local school.  It’s so great to see the love of music being carried by the next generations.

I was able to contribute a song by Ivor Novello, ‘I can give you the starlight’.  When I was younger I didn’t appreciate him, finding the songs a bit sentimental, but as I get older, (and more sentimental myself!) I just enjoy the gorgeous tunes and can appreciate the more innocent and magical world he created.  It must have been such a wonderful escape from some of the dark and dismal days in the first half of the twentieth century.

It is a new song for me, so not entirely bedded in, but I will enjoy working on it.  Below is a very poor recording taken on a phone, but you get the idea!

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