During this time of Covid-19 we have been using Zoom to continue to sing. Over this time we have recognised that Zoom singing compared to our normal singing is nothing, but Zoom singing compared to nothing is everything! We have endeavoured to make what we sing self-contained so that those members who have not been able to Zoom with us, for whatever reason, will not be in any way disenfranchised. We long for the day when we can all get back together …
From May until December 2020 we shared the same repertoire as our Musical Director’s other choirs in Huntingdon, Leamington Spa, and Northampton. This meant that we could have special sectional rehearsals and other joint activities, including Fridays at Four, a weekly series of talks given by experts from all over the world about the music we sang.
In the Summer Term 2020 we learned lots of humorous and uplifting songs by Herbert Howells, some in unison, some in two parts, and others in up to seven parts!
In the Autumn Term 2020 we sang Corelli’s Christmas Cantata (an arrangement of the Christmas Concerto by Richard Shephard, who sadly died in March 2021), Isabella Leonarda’s Magnificat, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Then at Christmas we sang carols to our friends and families over Zoom, and we even created our own Zoom Carol set to words by our very own Gesa Beales. Click HERE to see and hear it.
Throughout the Spring Term 2021 and into Summer Term 2021 we have been preparing two programmes of music simultaneously, both of which we hope to perform when the restrictions lift later in 2021.
The first of these concerts will include another work by Dan Forrest, whose Jubilate Deo was such a hit back in May 2019. We hope that his Requiem for the Living will be of use to those in the wider community when we are able to reflect back on the deprivations and losses of the pandemic.
The second concert will feature an uplifting, toe-tapping selection of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music, both secular and sacred. It will include a choral selection from the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta H. M. S. Pinafore, choral versions of The Long Day Closes and The Lost Chord, and three of his songs setting words by Shakespeare. The concert will conclude with a performance of his Festival Te Deum, a thirty-minute setting of that great hymn of thanksgiving. In contrast to our first concert this will be a performance of rejoicing and giving thanks.
If you would like to know more about joining us – be that on Zoom right now or in person as soon as we are able – please take a look at our Join Us page.