Wop bam alu mop, a wop bam boom!

Well, I certainly enjoyed last night’s concert, and I think everyone else there did too (except perhaps some of the audience members who were harassed and cajoled into singing “Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy shoo-be doo-wop she-bop”, “Shoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom” and the like). Mark Dorell took the choir to places it’s never been before and I think in performance we approached the required combination of enthusiasm and precision that eluded us throughout the rehearsals. The soloists and the ring-ins made a huge contribution as did Belinda, singer and accompanist (when she could prise Mark loose from the keyboard).

By the way, the phrase that features in “We Go Together” and forms the title to this post comes from Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”. (I had a link to an audio-only recording of that song but then I found this marvellous video of “Tutti Frutti” preceded by “Long Tall Sally”. And you thought rock and roll was invented by Bill Haley and the Comets?)


A Grand Night for Singing

This is the name of our concert next Tuesday, but also the name of the work from which several of our songs have been selected. I had assumed A Grand Night for Singing was a musical, but in fact it was a 1993 revue showcasing the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II. The songs that we have been rehearsing are:

  • A shortened version of the Opening Medley incorporating “Carousel Waltz” (from Carousel) and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from State Fair);
  • “Honey Bun” (from South Pacific);
  • Some Enchanted Evening” (from South Pacific);
  • I Have Dreamed” (from The King and I)

There are many performances of these songs on YouTube but the musical and technical quality is highly variable, so I’ll just link to this one, “A Grand Night for Singing” from the 1945 movie, State Fair

Fergusson Care Home concert

The choir will be performing tomorrow (Saturday 12 May) at Fergusson Care Home, 

The concert will start at 2:30 pm and run for an hour or less. Choir members should gather at 2 pm. Dress: comfortable, cheerful and lnot too warm.



Saturday Rehearsal

As most choir members should know, there will be an extra rehearsal tomorrow morning, Saturday 14 April. Here, via Susan Hamilton, are the details:

Hall open from 9am. Men and women, please be ready to start at 9.30 am. Sectional rehearsals till 11 am, then a 20–30 minute break for refreshments, followed by full rehearsal till 1 pm.
If possible, look at your music and words before Saturday.
If anyone feels like bringing some cake that would be great!
The Wilson Parking carpark over the road will be open but we will have to pay the usual weekend rate: approximately $4 for the morning.