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lancecornea



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:54 pm    Post subject: Christmas Carols Reply with quote

What Carols are you doing for Christmas this year that are different from the mainstream group which get dished up year after year? Does your choir library have a little "gem" which you haven't heard other choirs perform?
Or perhaps you are trying a superb new arrangement of a more traditional carol. Tell us about it Very Happy
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diapason8



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my new church there hasn't been a choir for some years. I've got a group together and we're rehearsing weekly for Advent & Christmas carol services plus some small items for use during the weekly service. Our first solo item was a responsorial psalm which went (and went down) very well.

We're keping things simple this year, and I'm planning to do these items with just the choir:-

Advent carols: Kindle a flame & Wonder and Stare (Iona chants) during the passing of the lighted candles around the church and a setting of Psalm 29 by Martin How for a reader, choir and organ accompaniment.

Christmas carols: (An informal interdenominational service) Poverty (Caradog Roberts), Star Child, a lively modern carol by Carlton Young, Sans Day Carol, Boar's Head Carol and Look nto the skies (Kendrick). We'll also do nthe usual Willcocks descants and I'll be using the organ, piano and, hopefully some woodwind.

At the other churches where I fill in, it'll probably be Darke's 'In the bleak midwinter' if I can get enough singers together.

Nigel
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I generally hate Christmas music, its so cheesy.
Anon writes some good stuff though.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean Greensleeves..........................

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nigel, I would certainly rank Poverty (All poor men and humble) by Caradog Roberts as one of my "gems".

Lance
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Jason Evans



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stretching the topic a bit, one reason to always look forward to Christmas is a nice performance of the Vaughan Williams Hodie . Do any of our UK members know of any upcoming performances?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lancecornea wrote:
Nigel, I would certainly rank Poverty (All poor men and humble) by Caradog Roberts as one of my "gems".

Lance

It'a always ben a favourite of mine. Another, which we're not doing this year, is Arnold Cooke's 'O men from the fields'. I sang it first as a boy in the 60's. A couple of years back, I did the 'from reek of the smoke' as a 'soprano' solo when someone let me down at the last minute Embarassed

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

diapason8 wrote:
A couple of years back, I did the 'from reek of the smoke' as a 'soprano' solo when someone let me down at the last minute Embarassed

Nigel


I hope you're still blushing Diapason8!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's something a young lady should find out for herself Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:46 pm    Post subject: New Carol Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to persuade our choir, at Christchurch. luton, Chatham, Kent, to do Bethlehem down by Peter Warlock. We bought copies of it, but the Sopranos found it a bit difficult. I can scan things into sharpeye and play them back, so learming my part (Bass) though difficult, I could listen to in isolation.
Maybe we will do it next year!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: New Carol Reply with quote

MURT wrote:
I know it's out-of-season, but there is an outstanding new carol by Neil Porter-Thaw called 'The Way of Paradox' published by Encore Publications, scored for piano, solo tenor and upper voices. Amazing!


Welcome to the board, MURT
How did you discover this piece of music? Is there a recording available?

Lance Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:49 pm    Post subject: The Way of Paradox Reply with quote

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