Last week in Choir we heard that we will be performing in the College Spring Concert taking place at St Nicolas's Church Sighthill on Thursday the 20th of March. The repertoire we will be performing will be The Beach Boys Medley and 'I Wish' by Steve Wonder. The Steve Wonder piece is shaping up well, I especially like the syncopated horn riff imitated by the Choir, in our arrangement- one of our Tutor's, Dot wants me to sing a 'Whoo!' near the end of the piece. We will be having to sing at full volume because we are being accompanied by the band which, is amplified. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj8vADKiV_U
In Choir this term we are rehearsing a variety of repertoire; 'I Wish', by Stevie Wonder plus two medleys. One medley from the musical, 'Wicked' and the second consisting of a mash up of two songs by the Beach Boys, 'Fun, Fun, Fun' and 'I Get Around'. The most challenging will be the ''Wicked' medley and the Stevie Wonder piece. Next week we will be rehearsing with the full band - bass guitar, guitar, keyboard and drumsWe have yet to hear the details of when these pieces will be performed. Watch this blog for details!
In choir at the moment we are preparing for the Edinburgh College Christmas Concert. The two songs we will be performing are, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen and the, 'Hallelujah Chorus' from Handel's, 'The Messiah'. We are really enjoying Bohemian Rhapsody which we are going to perform with a band behind us. The Handel however, is a little bit more of a challenge for us because it is fugal and the parts come in at different times.
For the summer concert the Choir are singing act one of Dido and Aeneas and Night and Day by Cole Porter. I am looking forward to this, I was hoping at Easter that we would be singing Dido and Aeneas, because of the beautiful melismas and the hemiolas.
In Choir at the moment we are prepairing for our Christmas concert on the 20th of December at St Nicholas Church Sighthill. We are all looking forward to performing in this event. We are singing two pieces the Shepherds Farewell by Berlioz and a Medaeval Christmas song. We are praticing these pieces very well and we are folowing Laurie, our tutor's hints to the letter.
In choir yesterday we started to sing two new pieces: a medley from Les Miserable by Claude-Michel Schonbergand a short song by Hector Berlioz. Our tutors, Laurie and Neil were both very happy because in the spilt sessions where sopranos and alto singers were separated from the tenor an bass singers in practices and when all the singers came together we learned very fast and sang boldy. We are shaping these songs up for a concert which will be happening quite soon.
In chamber choir this afternoon we had a complete run through of the two pieces, "Weeping" and "Blue Mountain River", which we are performing for tomorrows lunch time concert. In "Weeping", I am singing three short solos in the two verses and the chorus. This will be my first time singing solo in a Stevenson College choir and I'm quite excited. Overall todays rehearsal was very productive because we are all very focussed in each individual part of both songs. I am looking forward to the concert tomorrow - good
In choir at the moment we are preparing three pieces for a lunch time concert in the Music box auditorium . Overall we are getting more expressions and dynamics into each piece. As an ensemble we were instructed to avoid polyphony in the song "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" this tends to happen during the 'blocked' chords (when all parts are singing a chord) because this would make it more difficult for audience to follow the tune. My favourite song is "Prairie Water", because the lyrics are about nature and the melody is fluid with long phrases and pauses this effectively conveys the subject of the song.
At present in chamber choir we are learning three new songs : Blue Mountain River, Weeping, and Ceejay an African song. Ceejay is going very well and we are all doing what Roda is asking of us on this by stressing the syncopated rhythm. However, both Blue Mountain River and Weeping need alot of practice. The Choir needs to concentrated as the music in these two pieces is complicated with complex melodic lines and specific pronunciation for the lyrics.
Last Monday (14/11) we were singing for the Stevenson College Graduation Ceremony at the Usher Hall. Last year we had to find our own tea but his year we were catered for: lovely sandwiches.