After a few months of having to concentrate on the day job I finally have time to turn more attention to upcoming concerts. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but its difficult to practice on the 7.25 from Luton Parkway to London Bridge!
It has been mostly Vivaldi for a while, and the Gloria is one of my favourite works. Wirksworth Community Choir are holding their annual choral day this Saturday in St Mary’s church in the heart of Wirksworth, and the Gloria is the main event. It has been interesting learning the shorter versions of the solos, as we are using the Ricordi Casella score, but they aren’t as much fun. I find some of the edits a bit harsh, and the underlay for Domine Deus doesn’t flow as well as other versions, but that was the brief so I set to and learned ’em!
We rehearse with the orchestra for the first time tonight – the moment of truth!
We are also doing other music including Montiverdi’s Beatus Vir (with one of the best Amens ever) and Tavener’s Song for Athene. The Community Choir learned this, but we don’t have the numbers to get the full effect of the 12 part harmony on the last page, so I’m really looking forward to hearing it from a large ensemble. If you don’t know this piece, listen – it is electrifying. Those of you of a certain age may remember it was used at the end of Princess Diana’s funeral. (I’ve just watched the Youtube clip again and it still gives me goosebumps).
And after Saturday? Its full steam ahead to finish learning exciting new music by Nottingham composer Colin Wolfe for the Armistice Day weekend, but that will be another post…