Monthly choral workshop
at Radlett Village Institute, 413 Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7JG
SUNDAY 18 AUGUST 2019
Singers are currently focusing on preparing for:
- Paignton Festival, choir special music Mon 14, Tues 15, Wed 16 October
- Bridlington Festival, choir special music Sat 19, Sun 20, Mon 21 October
For both sites, the festival choir music will be selected during the festival from a shortlist comprising the items marked with an asterisk* in the chart below.
- Messiah from Scratch®, 7pm, Saturday 7 December 2019 (booked via Daisy Dublin)
The album of warm-up exercises we use is called Voice Building, by Sam West. It is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/voice-building-vocal-exercises/id797015272
UPCOMING REHEARSAL: MUSIC TO BRING and LINKS TO DEMOS:
Some spare copies will be available at the rehearsal, but please bring those you already have.
To hear your part, click the links in the chart above (“Sop”, “Bass”, etc.) to hear your part in SoundCloud in your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) or app. Then look for the Play button (usually a big orange circle with a white triangle inside it); click the triangle to play. You can “push” the sound image back and forth to work on any section of your part! SoundCloud is also available as mobile apps so you can practise your part on the move. (A few links are to Dropbox temporarily.)
Looking for something not on this month’s list? To access all the KingsfoldChoral public playlists and tracks on SoundCloud, visit: https://soundcloud.com/kingsfoldchoral/sets. Let me know if you would like a CD.
All the music is provided – you don’t have to buy anything – and we are able to provide learning materials as CDs or MP3 files to help you learn your parts. Learning demos are also available on SoundCloud and the scores for Duncan's compositions are available on Scoreexchange.
Sadly, Duncan died on 29 June 2018. The choir sang The New 23rd Psalm in his funeral service - link here.
But his music lives on, filling a gap in the choral repertoire - explore Duncan's choral compositions here
From 2.30 – 5.30 pm, once a month, usually on the third Sunday of the month, a group of singers get together for practice and fellowship at Radlett Village Institute.
These rehearsals have been ongoing since 1980 and we thought it would be good to let you know that we are still around!
We would like to have a few more voices joining in, so please give some thought to coming along and giving it a go. This is not confined to people who attend churches, so if you know someone who might like to come and give it a try, why not bring them too?
The music we practise is mostly from The Miracles of Jesus and The Parables of Jesus series by Duncan, Handel’s Messiah and various choral anthems that can be sung as special music in church or at festivals. Some of the choir sing each year in Messiah from Scratch at the Albert Hall, and we have also worked on and joined in with Haydn’s Creation.
A demo of one of The Miracles of Jesus series, “Fish For Breakfast”, reached No. 3 in the New Christian Music UK top 20 chart and No. 11 in the European top 40 chart in 2011. No other choir in the world has this series – in fact, within the traditional choral repertoire, there seems to have been a total news blackout on the miracles of Jesus. The monthly rehearsals are an important part of test-driving these new pieces, and to start with, we sing along to demo recordings.
Our local church congregation is able to have weekly special music on the basis of these.
Oh yes – and we have some nice refreshments too… plus it’s a good chance to catch up with friends near and far, as we have singers from as far afield as Camberwell, Great Baddow, Luton, North London, Kettering, Northampton and Watford.
Next three rehearsals:
Sunday *13 January = 2nd Sunday
Sunday 17 February
for a prompt start at 2.30 pm. If you're early, you might get a cup of tea before we start!!! The hall is open from 2 pm.
Sunday 17 March
Hope to see you there!
Any questions? You are welcome to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org