Welcome to Renate's Baton. This blog is mostly for and about my choir, The York Region Community Choir.

But, While I'm holding the baton, I'm in charge. So, if I want to talk about other parts of my life, I will. :)

The choir itself is a community and I'm discovering that we have a lot in common with one another besides our love of music and singing.

When I go off on a tangent, there is always a crowd coming along. Join us!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

YRCC Rehearsal 24-SEP-2018

6:45 Small Group Let's Keep Christmas in our Hearts finished! Awesome job, everyone!

We talked about warming up with straws and I promised a video. Will post next.

We had a yummy breaktime with coffee and treats. Everyone wants Cheryl's recipe!

We talked about solos and small groups, about our theme (heavenly peace, grown-up wishes- the meaning of Christmas, and ties to our past through traditional songs, languages. Come forward if you have something you want. A few people have already let me know and I'll choose soon! We also talked a bit about the spring theme so that you can start planning now. Love! Our anchor song is "Put a Little Love in Your Heart". "... and the world will be a better place for you and me..." We'll talk about how if Beauty can learn to love the Beast and if star-crossed lovers happen, then we can love the people across the walls, across the world, across the street, and... music helps!

We talked about October 13! And December 2nd! book your families and friends!

1. Hallelujah: It's so good! Joy and I get to lead Hallelujah at the Police concert!!! YAY! We will do it a little different. The first solo will be sung by all the men and the second by all the women. Our women who sing Tenor can choose where they want to sing, wherever they feel most comfortable.
2. Imagine: So, so good! Joy and I were both thrilled that there were no early entries.
3. 4 Strong Winds: Strong! The doo-doos are very good, and the next part is amazing!!! Tenor and Bass solo part is excellent. Remember the timing is a bit tricky there. Everyone needs to remember that the beginning is all about the bass line. Sopranos and altos are softer, as they don't have melody there.

Did we really only do 3 songs?!

Next week:

6:30 Small group: Adeste Fidelis/O Come All Ye Faithful in 4 parts

  • 4 Strong Winds
  • Why We Sing
  • Go Now In Peace
  • Grownup Christmas List

1 comment:

  1. Hello everyone, happy Friday, here's the recipe for those who wanted it for the 'Caramel, Apple and Walnut Cake':

    350g butter (melted)
    350g soft light brown sugar
    1 tablespoon raw vanilla extract
    4 eggs
    450g Self raising flour
    1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    8 rounded tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
    4 X apples (Granny Smiths)
    100g Walnuts (finely chopped)
    100g of caramel (soft chewy Werthers originals)
    4 tablespoons of whipping cream (un whipped!)

    1. Combine melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon - until it looks like caramel
    2. Add the 4 (finely diced) apples, Greek yoghurt and fold in the flour.
    3. Pour into a greased/baking parchment paper baking dish, 9x13inches. Crumble half the walnuts on top and bake at 330 degrees for 49-45 minutes.
    4. When cooled, put the whipping cream and caramels in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and drizzle over the cake, then add the remaining walnuts.


    Cheryl 🍰