Big Hymn Sing 2011

This Saturday there will be a Big Hymn Sing at 1pm at St Andrew’s Leytonstone. The congregation have sponsored about 30 hymns and I will add some more that I think are worth singing, for a total of about 48.

The more people turn up the more fun we’ll have! We’ll sing for about twenty minutes at a time and then have a ten minute break; Café Refresh will be open, and I hope people will feel free to pop in and out. Donations raised will go toward organ repairs.

This week, I will be mostly practising…

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The Week Ahead

This week is looking pretty typical in terms of what I need to do, at least musically.
I’m teaching tonight and tomorrow night. I’ve done most of the preparation for that, but need to remember to bring music with me for my students. I’ll be leaving home at 2pm each day and spending a lot of time on public transport… I usually use this time to read. Right now the important reading is all to do with psalmody and church music. I had rather hoped to have finished my psalmody-related reading by now and be well into writing workshop outlines, but the last few weeks I’ve been flagging.
Wednesday night there will be a London Gallery Quire rehearsal. Some of the music is a bit technically challenging on the serpent so I need to take some time to look at it.
Thursday night Brigantia are rehearsing at my place, and I need to practise that music beforehand, too. I also need to spend a significant amount of time on programme notes and organisational aspects of our concert on 11th July. It would be nice to get a gallery up on the website, too, but I don’t think that’s going to be realistic this week.
Friday night I am taking the choir rehearsal at St Andrew’s, and I will need to learn the hymns well enough to accompany. I also want to find recordings of some of the pieces for a joint Evensong on 27th June at which we’ve been invited sing. We’re a small choir and don’t usually have all four parts at rehearsals, and it can be disorienting to suddenly have whole sections of tenor and alto rather than one each, and any bass part at all. Since I haven’t been taking the choir rehearsals for very long, I don’t even know what the facilities are like for listening to a CD. This could be a challenge.
I’ve been working on a piece for a competition which has a deadline of 30th June. Late last week it became clear that I’d managed to go onto the wrong track and was writing something that wouldn’t really be suitable for the terms of the competition, so I went right back to the drawing board, decided to ditch the organ for now and stick to SATB a capella… I found a new text, but alas no English translation that is in the public domain in this country, so ended up commissioning someone else to make a new one for me. I ought to try and have at least a rough draft by the end of this week.
In addition to that, there is a final recital at Trinity College of Music that I’d like to attend, I need to reschedule a dentist appointment (cancelled this morning due to transport difficulties), I have two peer support meetings and one project planning meeting, perhaps some other meetings getting in there as well and a physiotherapy appointment on Friday afternoon. Errands need to get a look-in, too.
I’ll try and report back later in the week with how I’m getting on…

Brigantia Consort hath a website.

It’s very rudimentary, but Brigantia Consort now has a web presence. Yay!

Why the rush to get this done? Well, we’re busking tomorrow morning at Parliament Hill Farmers’ Market, weather permitting, to raise money for Shelter. While we’re there we’ll also hand out some flyers and maybe even sell tickets for our next concert:

Brigantia
Consort
With Merry Glee
An eclectic programme of psalmody,
folk music and improvisation
with an early music twist.
Anna Michel — violin
Jessie Holder — voice, recorder
Kathryn Rose — horn, serpent
Sunday, 11th July 7.30pm
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9PA
Tickets £5 (£4 conc.) available at the door
or contact brigantiaconsort@gmail.com
Pretty neat, eh? There’s a lot to do yet, of course. But the posters and tickets themselves have the address of the blog where we’re parking the website for now, so there had to be something up there, even if it’s rudimentary.
Meanwhile, I’ve not been posting here much, despite my best intentions. I think that after I stopped posting lots of degree-related things, I sort of “lost the voice” of this blog. I suspect the only way to develop it is going to be to post, though, and I make no guarantees about just how often I’ll manage that.