Hunt the Music!

Saturday 4th March

That was an interesting concert – the soprano soloist in Handel’s “Laudate Pueri” was struggling with a very bad throat during the rehearsal and was too ill to perform in the concert in the evening. So Donald Hunt, ever the unruffled, able musician, announced that we would perform the second half of the programme backwards, as the first half – i.e. Vivaldi “Gloria” to start followed by Vivaldi Recorder Concerto in C.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the choir had been despatched to the library at the Elgar School of Music to find “something else” for the second half!

We began with the planned Bach Motet “Singet dem Herrn”, followed by Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”. By this time the Chairman had arrived back and the music for two Coronation anthems had been placed on our stands. So we all set to and sight-read “Hail the King” and “Zadok the Priest”.

And it was magnificent!

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March

Traditionally, March has been the Silly Season for concerts. This year is no exception!

Saturday March 4th – Worcester, St Martin’s Church; double bass in Vivaldi Gloria etc with Donald Hunt and the Elgar Chorale

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th rehearsals for

Sunday March 19th – Chandos Concert (playing cello, of course!) in Malvern.

Saturday March 25th – Bewdley, St Anne’s Church, repeat of March 4th Concert.

Thursday March 30th – Chipping Campden; performance of Rutter Requiem with the School choir, “Canzona”. I’m playing harp this time. I love this work and I am convinced that the main “raison d’etre” for my having had the opportunity to learn, and then own a harp, was so that I could play this piece. Whenever it comes to the last movement I am always overcome by a sense of sadness and wonder whether I’ll ever have the chance to play it again. When I play harp I always wish I was playing the beautiful cello solo. When I play cello, I miss putting in the rippling harpy bits.

There’s just no pleasing some people!

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