Rehearsal 28 May

Dear everyone,
Not many rehearsals left now, so I will be trying to cover as much as we can each week, while still concentrating on those which need most work.

We DO have a rehearsal this Monday:

For the beauty of the Earth 

For the Beauty of the Earth

It was a lover and his lasse
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/it-was-a-lover-and-his-lasse/

O magnum mysterium
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/o-magnum-mysterium-2/

Seiber Folksong no.3 

The Old Woman

We beseech thee
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/we-beseech-thee/

Turn Back, O Man

Turn Back o Man

Just a reminder that most of you liked the idea of singing “For the Fallen” from memory – so let’s give it a go.  It would definitely have much greater impact if you weren’t all holding copies  (please don’t panic if you know you won’t be able to – I won’t stop anyone from singing!!)

BUSKING!  Please do feel free to offer something for our busking part of the evening.  It will be very informal, possibly outside.  It can be very short, sung, played.  It doesn’t just have to be Orwell Singers – if you have friends who would like the chance to perform in an informal setting do ask them.  Could be serious, lighthearted or plain silly!!!

See you on Monday,

Jacquie

 

Summer Concert

Dear everyone,
As promised,  here is the poster for our summer concert.  Please do send it on to friends and family.  If you have friends who wouldn’t normally be tempted by the Orwell Singers you might be able to entice them with the jazz and a picnic!
Jacquie

18 Summer poster 2

Concert Programme

Orwell Singers 23 June 2018
(DM – All but one on the website www.orwellsingers.co.uk)

The concert is happening on the anniversary of the 24 hour Music Marathon, so part of our programme celebrates the seasons of the passing year, and some anniversaries which have occurred between 2017 and 2018

For the Beauty of the Earth  –  John Rutter
Spring

It was a lover and his lasse  –  Thomas Morley
Summer

Teddy Bears’ picnic  –  John Bratton
Winter

O Magnum Mysterium  –  Victoria
Autumn – also marking the centenary of the end of the First World War

For the Fallen   –  Douglas Guest
(I know you’ll all say the seasons are in the wrong order, but the music works best like that!)

Three Hungarian Folksongs – Matyas Seiber
This will be preceded by the poems spoken in a very dramatic manner by various members of the choir – to highlight how crazy the text is!!

Here, there and everywhere  –  Lennon and McCartney
Paul McCartney was 75 in 2017, and it’s 60 years since Lennon and McCartney first met.

Over the Rainbow –  Harold Arlen
Judy Garland first recorded it 80 years ago

We beseech thee  –  Stephen Schwartz
Schwartz born in 1948 – 70 this year

Turn Back, O Man  –  Gustav Holst
First performed in Thaxted church in 1917. Holst organised the earliest Thaxted festivals in 1916, 1917 and 1918

Jerusalem Hubert  –  Parry
Sung by massed women for the first time at a suffrage meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in 1918. 2018 is the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act giving some women the right to vote.

The Water is Wide  –  arr. Stephen Porter

When the Saints go marching in   –  arr. Rutter

Rehearsal 21 May

From Jacquie
As the concert is approaching fast, I have now finalised the programme, which is attached.  As the date is a year to the day since the 24 hour Music marathon, we have a loose theme of seasons and anniversaries for parts of the programme.  You already know that this concert is going to be slightly different from our usual format, so we will explain how it’s all going to work on Monday.

Monday’s plan:

For the Fallen

For the fallen

Hungarian Folksongs

The handsome butcher

Hungarian Folksongs – Apple

The Old Woman


(Tenors and basses – please do try to look at the words of No. 3 if you possibly can)

Here, there and everywhere
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/here-there-and-everywhere-2/

O Magnum Mysterium, particularly b.19 onwards

O Magnum Mysterium

The Water is Wide
(DM – Don’t have this but you all know it anyway)

Second verse of Jerusalem
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/jerusalem/

Rehearsal 14 May

A message from Jacquie:

Dear Singers,
No rehearsal on Monday 7th, but on Monday 14th I would like to work on:

Turn Back, O Man

Turn Back o Man

We beseech thee
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/we-beseech-thee/

O Magnum Mysterium

O Magnum Mysterium

When the Saints – particularly Figure G onward

When the saints go marching in

For the Fallen

For the fallen

Seiber Folksongs

The handsome butcher

Hungarian Folksongs – Apple

The Old Woman

Enjoy the weekend – and the sunshine!

PS  And a message to Jacquie for tomorrow, from all of us :

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 

Rehearsal – 30 April

From Jacquie :

On Monday I would like to cover:

It was a lover and his lasse
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/it-was-a-lover-and-his-lasse/

Here, there and everywhere
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/here-there-and-everywhere/

We beseech thee

We beseech thee

Turn Back, O Man

Turn Back o Man

O Magnum Mysterium

O Magnum Mysterium

Hungarian Folksongs – all through and see if we end up together…

Hungarian Folksongs – Apple

The handsome butcher

The Old Woman

Not so many weeks now before the concert, so any preparation you can do at home, either listening to recordings, your parts, or just reading over the words, will all be very helpful.

Rehearsal 23 April

I look forward to seeing those of you who are able to sing on Sunday afternoon.  The concert starts at 3.30. We are not starting the concert and it won’t really be possible to warm up beforehand, so just arrive and be audience to begin with.

Dress – cheerful if possible please!!  As I mentioned in the rehearsal, let’s also make our performance as colourful as possible, to help everyone in the audience remember wonderful times from their childhood.

Jacquie’s note :
In Monday’s rehearsal I would like to cover:

Day by Day
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/day-by-day/

Apple, apple and The Old Woman (Seiber folksongs)

Hungarian Folksongs – Apple

The Old Woman

O magnum mysterium – learning the beginning of the Alleluia and starting to build confidence elsewhere.  Do listen to it if you can, as it is a very different sound world from most other music we sing.

O Magnum Mysterium

Jerusalem
All but the Soprano part
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/jerusalem/

Possibly a little of We beseech thee

We beseech thee

Rehearsal 16 April

On Monday we’ll have a quick run through the songs for the community concert in the chapel so we can check singing positions etc.  I hope to cover:

Over the Rainbow

Over the rainbow

Teddy Bears’ picnic

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

O Magnum Mysterium, particularly learning the section from b.40 onwards

O Magnum Mysterium

Here, there and everywhere, particularly p.7 onwards
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/here-there-and-everywhere/

For the Fallen – after our work this week on the first page we’ll concentrate on the second page

For the fallen

For the Beauty of the Earth – starting at b.35

For the Beauty of the Earth

Rehearsal 9 April

Dear Singers,
I hope you enjoyed the Easter break, even if it was rather wet!
My plan for Monday is:

  • Day by Day – particularly b.43 onwards
    http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/day-by-day/
  • When the Saints – working on the second half
    http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/when-the-saints-go-marching-in/
  • O magnum – including learning the new passage from b. 27 onwards
    http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/o-magnum-mysterium-2/
  • The Handsome Butcher – aiming to add some more polish and details
    http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/the-handsome-butcher/
  • For the Fallen – how much can we remember from our last performance ?http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/for-the-fallen/

Parts here (NB above link was to the recordings from last time, let me know if there’s been any change – DM)
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ojhlrw5nkmhd625/AAAJvI7s1-8zvgA8S1V6_uava?dl=0

Recording here :
https://youtu.be/qOpnRAOxpLE

  • Over the Rainbow – we will be performing this on April 22 April http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/over-the-rainbow/
  • For the Beauty of the Earth (depending on time)
    http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/for-the-beauty-of-the-earth/

See you on Monday,

Jacquie