Come Gracious Spring rehearsal files

This is an experiment. Barbara has produced rehearsal files for “Come Gracious Spring”, movement 2 of Haydn’s The Seasons, and put them on her Google Drive. This link…

Nr2 – Come Gracious Spring

…should take you to the folder. In this folder you should see four subfolders (Alto, Bass, Soprano, Tenor) and in each of these you should see 8 MP3 files for that voice part. Please let me know whether you can see and play the files. (Email me at mark dot hadf at gmail dot com, or comment below.) I’d especially like to hear from people who don’t have a Google account.


Spring is in the air!

Err, maybe not quite yet, but tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12 June) Capital Choir meets (usual time and place) for rehearsal under the direction of Barbara Paterson to prepare for a spring-themed concert in September. The concert will feature “Spring” from Josef Haydn’s The Seasons. The programme for the rest of the year will be posted on the blog when it’s finalised, but for now here are the (provisional) highlights:

    • Rehearsals as usual every Tuesday, recommencing 12 June. No rehearsals on 10 & 17 July and 2 & 9 October (school holidays).
    • Saturday sectional rehearsals on either 4 or 11 August. Probably 9 am till 1 pm, format yet to be decided.
    • “Spring” concert on Tuesday 25 September at Central Baptist, with dress rehearsal the night before (Monday 24 September).
    • Rest home carol concerts in early December if possible, dates to be confirmed
    • End of year in-house Christmas concert and party on Tuesday 11 December at the usual rehearsal venue.



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