We had a very successful start to our season!
Our registration went smoothly thanks to the careful preparations of Carol and Debbie, our registrars, and to Trix, our music librarian, and to the large number of members who pre-registered online!
Once we got singing, it was obvious that we'd been looking forward to that first night of singing together. We were amazing!
1. Magic of Winter
, beautifully with dynamics and everything. Wow! And, people started and stopped perfectly throughout the evening! You watched me! It felt fantastic! Thank you!
2. Button Up Your Overcoat
was super and we stayed on the subway very confidently.
3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
was excellent. You were soft at the beginning and very strong in my favourite section. Thank you!
4. We started learning the 12 Days After Christmas.
It's so much fun! A few of us have sung it before, so it's not entirely new, but there are lots of tricky parts. We have to work on getting the words out clearly,especially final consonants. Our audiences need to understand the words we're singing. We sang through the whole piece, and learned sections A and B.
5. We learned a whole new piece!!! A-men!
Only 2 or 3 of us have ever sung this song before, but we sang through and learned parts to the whole song! It's fun and groovy. We need to get a feel for the jazzy timing, but it's not hard.
On Monday, September 21st, we will sing:
- Little Tree
- O Holy Night
- Shine Hanukkah
- Twelve Days After Christmas
Our first Small Group will start very soon, maybe next week, Sept. 28 if we can manage it. We'd like a group of women to sing Breath of Heaven. We will not spend much time learning this, as there are a good number of you who know it.
The Coventry Carol Group will be reunited to sing it again for us.
I'd like another small group to sing one of our songs from the past 20 years. Is there a choir song that you wish we had included which would work as a small group selection?
- Somewhere a Child is Sleeping
-Noel Nouvelet/Christmas Comes Anew
-We Wish you a Merry Madrigal
-Carol of the Bells...?
Or, maybe you remember a solo. duet/small group that you particularly liked that might be adapted to a new small group?
- Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth
- Mr. Santa
-Bright Star of Bethlehem
I've asked Trix to sing Santa Baby, and I am hoping that Anna will sing Ave Maria.
Another solo and/or a duet would be nice too. If you are inspired, talk to me.
Solo songs in the choir pieces:
O Holy Night (I'd like to hear Mary-Ellen sing the solo again, and alone. Heather b/u)
In the Bleak Midwinter (1/2 Janet? Kristen/Todd b/u)
What is this Lovely Fragrance (2- S&T- difficult, wide range goes quite high Heather and Todd? b/u?)
Sussex Carol (1- strong solid soprano voice: Kristen? b/u?)