The Spring Term will commence on Wednesday 9th January 2019. There will not be a rehearsal on Wednesday 24th April 2019
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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.
Christmas in Blue
Bar 82 – 2 beat rest – strings are playing.
Comments from Les
Use Messiah copies without Black Folders for first half. All photocopies to be in black folders – but if you have the Jazz books – they can be used without the black folders .
Ladies – if you were not there at this weeks practice please talk to someone that was about Scarves and other items.
Tickets - If you accidentally omiteed to sign for some tickets on the 14th November - please can you rectify this in the red book - as the signed for and returned tickets does not reconcile with the tickets remaining - Thank You
And the Glory
Watch the ends of notes.
Sit at the end
And he shall purify
Last note – think about Sssssss
Sit at end
Glory to God .
Think about Goodwill
Page 90 – Loud down to Soft – stay standing.
Middle of Page 100 – quieter
Stand just after D on Page 159
The Virgin Mary – we sang through
At the Hour of Midnight – Bar 25 - note two crotchets
Carol booklet – this music can go in ring binders music to be returned but the Comb binding can be removed & returned if preferred .
Intro will be the first bar.
Clear words required
Bar 28 all singing the same rhythm – be ready
Bar 40 – remember the rest – and watch and 44, 45
Bar 29 – Quieter Oo’s
Bar 47 – Altos do not go flat on the G’s
p5 at end of first time bars has repeat marks to go back to p2.
Bar 55 and from here on, observe the gaps at the start of bars.
Bar 72 – Rest before White for underparts.
Bar 79 – Watch entries on Merry .
More words required from Everyone –Ah’s quieter – Sops give more then
Bar 75 do not hold onto I
Men watch particularly at Bar 61 &63
Carols for Choirs–
We wish you a Merry Christmas– not listed on the Programme but it will be sung at the end. Watch as speed changes .
Choir will be standing for the Solos from No14
P68 Glory to God
Come in clear but not overpowering
Bar 29 – work on getting the last note
P86 His Yoke is Easy
Think about the rhythm of the runs.Watch last but one bar for the break
Confident and clear singing required – particularly when singing quietly.
Page 89 – Top Bflat’s Sops – If you cannot reach it don’t sing – enough can.
Bar 34 – Altos – Sing out. Is light watch rhythm
Christmas in Blue Book
Blue Christmas P27
Keep the timing
Intro – A bar then 1 2 in
Bar 11 Sops – Tendency to sing BFlat – it is B Natural
Page 30 – Watch for the Crescendo and again Bars 25 – 30.
Singing – From now on we could be singing anything from the programme.
We will work very hard in the first part, then break for longer to have coffee and Mince Pies (if you can bring a Mug it would be appreciated).
p171 No 44 Hallelujah Chorus
p173 Don't hold on to last notes; keep them short.
In contrast, make 'For the Lord....' a broad and smooth sound.
p174 Sops & Basses middle line at C, note the dotted rhythm.
p176 Altos middle line - cut last two notes of Lords and come off at same time as Sops
p180 Very last note - have a very round mouth!
Sops - keep the plurals on Lords and Kings short and get to the 's's on time. Equally, on page 176/177, don't putt them in too early.
Watch Les on last page - the four short hallelujahs need to be all together.
Reserve some power for very last Hallelujah, which is even louder.
The Virgin Mary
Get the rhythm right and don't rely on thinking you know it as there are many different versions
Christmas in Blue
Every Stone Shall Cry
p77 As and Bs - 'triumph' is the key word to emphasise
As bottom line - get 'shall cry' to come through as you're on your own there.
p80 As and Ss - big breath after spearhead
Intro – One Bar then start.
Where Altos split – all sing top part
Bar 11 – Sops watch for B Natural
Make 'blue' lean on to Christmas - also 'you', 'white' and 'right'
P30 Top line - 'die' is only 2 beats
p31 Bs - top line quite quiet.
Page 31 to 32 – Turn page on Fire – Learn the last few notes
Deck the Halls
Les handed out copy in lower key - email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you weren't there and don't have it. This Version should be used by all.
Sleep my little Jesus
FREEZE at end - don't turn page and keep very still – as said previously.
Watch Les at end as he will slow it down.
p91 No 22 Behold the Lamb of God
p92 bottom lime - Sops get the right note on 'that taketh away' - think it in advance of singing it.
Also, especially in rehearsals, come in on time and don't wait for someone else's lead, even if you're not sure. Better to make a mistake and correct it than come in late.
p100 2nd line - get quieter.
4 carols in Christmas in Blue
and anything else.
Please bring White /Green Carol books next week if you have them.
AGM - No Singing
Messiah No.4 And the Glory of the Lord
Altos start loud on f not mf
Get 'glory' out strongly
Tenors, p12, bar28 - don't thump out last syllable of words eg not reveal-ed (and applies to everyone wherever it occurs)
Brackets over notes at end of p12 and elsewhere effectively change the music to two-time and also changes where emphasis is placed i.e. on first note of each bracket, not necessarily first note of bar.
Sops are often the trumpet voice in this piece - eg see top of p14, 'for the mouth ...' -shorten last note of bar57, take a breath and sing ff.
Then sing mf on p15 until last line at D when it's ff for same phrase
P16 - As, Ts and Bs come down to mp. Sops loud on middle line. All get louder on bottom line up to E. Then come down again to mf on p17.
P17 Sops start mf on top line, crescendo through to f at starf of middle line then down to mf on 'shall be revealed' and on to bar 123 on p 18. Then ff trumpet voice again at F.
The last four bars will be quieter for all.
Be careful to pronounce 'hath' not huth or hoth or anything else.
Christmas in Blue - Angels and Shepherds
Worked hard with each voice on close harmony in this piece - need to learn parts and hold one's own line.
Reinforced learning by singing again at end of rehearsal.
NB don't hold on to notes any longer than they should be eg very last note of piece and the last of two, three, four 'wings' in each verse.
Carol Booklet - Sleep my little Jesus
P1 Quietly. Also, observe the commas - don't take a breath but break the flow of sound between words (also wherever these phrases occur)
P2 Go to mf on p2 where it changes to major key - 'To the world....'
P3, second verse p up to p4 then mf again at, 'To the world...'. Back to p on 'God's angels hov'ring...'
Messiah No12 For unto us
Sops ideally would not breathe during rests on page 1 until after, 'a son is given' on bottom line. This maintains the flow of sound better. If a breath is vital then don't show it and don't gasp.
As well as being careful about not singing for-rus, also don't sing unto-wus!
Will focus on:
Messiah - No7 And he shall purify
Christmas in Blue - Blue Christmas
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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