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This term

Rehearsals / performances / repertoire / resources / longer term

Our main work this term is Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass for choir and string orchestra. With movements called The Spheres, Sunrise, The City, and Identity, it is unusual. He explains “The reason I used English titles, seemingly unrelated to the (mostly) Latin texts, for the movements in this setting of the Mass has mainly to do with the initial idea behind Sunrise Mass. I wanted the musical development of the work to evolve from the most transparent and spacey, to something completely earthy and grounded; from nebulous and pristine to more emotional and dramatic, and eventually warm and solid – as a metaphor for human development from child to adult, or as a spiritual journey.”

Our lunchtime concert at St John’s Smith Square on 16 July will also feature Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, as a new arrangement for strings by Martin Gerigk.

As well as the Sunrise Mass we shall be rehearsing repertoire for other engagements.

Still to come

  • 15 Jul 12.30-2.00pm dress rehearsal at St John’s Smith Square
  • 16 Jul 1pm concert: Gjeilo Sunrise Mass at St John’s Smith Square
  • 22 Jul 12.45-1.45pm rehearsal (Vivaldi only) at the Sacred Heart Church
  • 29 Jul 12.45-1.45pm rehearsal (Vivaldi only) at the Sacred Heart Church
  • 5 Aug 12.45-1.45pm rehearsal (Vivaldi only) at the Sacred Heart Church
  • 12 Aug 12.45-1.45pm rehearsal (Vivaldi only) at the Sacred Heart Church
  • 19 Aug 12.45-1.45pm rehearsal (Vivaldi only) at the Sacred Heart Church
  • 27 Aug to be confirmed
  • 31 Aug 10.30am-5pm Saturday workshop
  • 2 Sep 12.45-1.45pm rehearsal (Vivaldi only) at the Sacred Heart Church
  • 5 Sep 5.30-6.30pm rehearsal for 7pm concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Learning resources

Performance by Bel Canto Choir, Vilnius on Youtube

Learning files: www.choralia.net

Longer term

  • 9 Sep 12.45pm weekly Monday rehearsals resume for the autumn term
  • 12 Oct Possible Saturday workshop plus a concert appearance (tbc)
  • 1 Nov 6.30pm All Saints’ / All Souls’ service at St Stephen’s, Rochester Row
  • 23 Nov 7.30pm The Voices of Jazz, EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 at St John’s Smith Square.  Rehearsal arrangements to be confirmed.  Please assume that the whole day should be kept free.
  • 5 Dec 7.00pm Yuletide Comfort and Joy at St Stephen’s, Rochester Row
  • 10 Dec 1.00pm Christmas concert at St Stephen’s, Rochester Row
  • 17 Dec 1.00pm Carol service at St Stephen’s, Rochester Row