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Just a reminder to you all that our attire is black - black top and bottom for Ladies , for men, the addition of a white shirt. We wear the pink scarves and kerchiefs provided as a touch of colour.Sheet Music should be put in a Plain Black Folder.
Sheet Music should be put in a Plain Black Folder.
Messiah No22 Note the uneven rhythm on p91 and don't smooth out. Don't swoop up to jumps or slide down - just hit the right note!
Altos, Tenors and Basses - straight quavers at Bar15
Cheat with breath on long notes if needed - just don't look like it
Separate 'that taketh' to have tt
No24 - some scrunchy close harmony so learn and hold own line
Breathe at bottom of first page and shorten last note of sorrows
No21 - Keep light in volume and bounce along.
Tenors note rests on p86
All to put slight break before run in each case eg sops Bar 2 after first note
Christmas in Blue - Angels and Shepherds Note that, as written, Sops and Altos do verse 1 on page 1 and Tenors and Basses verse 2.
Rhythm is tricky on p17
Learn own part well so as to hold line against everyone else.
Most difficult for the two inner parts - Altos and Tenors.
Every Stone - nothing to note except that to say that we ran through it
Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus
Avoid pitfall on last page - note the two rests at the end!
p174 - shorten last note on Christ to a crotchet
Paid particular attention to Tenors and Altos on p178
Carol Booklet - The Virgin Mary. There will be audience participation for 1st verse.
As, Ts and Bs - note rest on Bar 2 of p 3
Accompaniment will be strings and piano except for last three chords which are unaccompanied. Les will hold last chord longer if we hit the right combination of notes!
The Hour of Midnight - choruses louder than verses
Next Week - 26 Sept
We have now run through all the music apart from two in 100 Carols and will start proper work on the Messiah - And the Glory chorus and Christmas in Blue - Angels and Shepherds.
Doh Re Mi
At the hour of midnight
Rhythm – watch out for for the longer notes
Read all the words to see how they fit in.
Sleep my little Jesus
O my loveliest one
Page 2 Bar 14 – Tenors – words should be the same as other parts.
We’ll speak very softly
Page 2 – time changes
Altos Bar 17 “bling” should be a quaver and rest as – Sops
Bar 52 – Tenors – should be dotted as other parts. Watch how all the parts fit together and the timing.
No 12 – For unto us– no runs no runto us! , Prepare for Wonderful – don’t be late. Page 58 – God is the most important word – save volume for it.
Keep runs in time.
No 4 – And the glory of the Lord.
Christmas in Blue
Page 69 – No Small Wonder
It was lovely to see so many new people at our first practice. Hopefully you enjoyed it .
For those members unable to make the rehearsal. Here are a few pointers of what you missed.
Please collect from Rob.
Warm up Rounds
Handel Messiah – Watkins Shaw Version
Concerts for Choirs – Christmas in Blue book
Christmas Music Booklet
Les welcomed everyone and explained that we would be starting with the round Doh Re Mi. We learnt the first part of this. Les said that he would be preparing CDs – Mp3’s (which will accessible from the website) for note learning. The first three weeks will be for going through all the music and then it will be done in more detail.
We then went through the following:
No 4 – And the Glory of the Lord
Letter A – together, Also Sops on the high notes – relax.
No 7 – And he shall Purify
Lots of runs in this piece – emphasis on the first of the 4 each time and build up.
No 17 – Glory to God
The Virgin Mary
The Rhythm is easy to get caught out on.
Rudoph the red-nosed reindeer
Christmas in Blue
A Blue Christmas – Page 27
Alto split at Bar 9 – sing bottom notes for the time being
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