Amici – Leiden and next rehearsal and concert

Cari Amici,

Such a lovely weekend has been spent together with our Dutch friends from Excelsior choir making music and cementing our choral relationship which his now almost three years old. Congratulations for such sensitive singing offering a lovely contrast to Excelsior’s programme and the combined Vivaldi Gloria performance. Many thanks and further congratulation to Charlotte Hardwick for her lovely solos in Jenkin’s Kyrie and her duet with Kitty Jansen and to Jennifer Brisk for her glorious Vivaldi arias. Rumour has it that plans are in hand for the next trip …best watch this space!

Our next rehearsal is on Wednesday December 6 when you will be able to purchase Peter’s edition Brahms Requiem at £6.00 each score. (I have paid for 80 copies in advance to ensure this exceptional price.) Please bring your copies of Christopher Gower’s Kings and Shepherds
We will rehearse

  • Berlioz L’enfance du Christ
  • How Lovely are thy Dwellings
  • Christopher Gower Kings and Shepherds

Wednesday December 13

End of term sing with friends
All above plus carols

Please CONFIRM your attendance for 6th/13th December by posting

Name…………………………….
I will be attending Amici 6/13 December
I would like to invite a guest

to

info@canterburycantatatust.co.uk

by December 4th

A reminder

Cantata sing
Hooray Handel!
December 10th St Eanswythe’s Folkestone

  • Handel Dixit Dominus
  • Handel Zadok The Priest
  • Handel Choruses from Messiah

and on December 16
Cantata sing
Britten Ceremony of Carols
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
15.00

Grenville

Amici plans for the rest of this term, and Memorabilia

Cari Amici,

The weeks ahead.

Next Wednesday 22 November

Rehearsal for singers going to  Leiden

  • Gloria Vivaldi
  • Cantique de Jean Racine  Faure
  • Kyrie from Armed Man  Jenkins
  • Viva La Musical  Erod
  • Irish Blessing     Chilcott

Wednesday November 29th  NO REHEARSAL

Wednesday December 6th

Amici

  • Oh how lovely are thy dwellings   Brahms…in English translation
  • The Shepherd’s Farewell  Berlioz   English translation
  • Irish Blessing   Chilcott
  • A new piece by David Jones
Wednesday December 13

End of term sing with friends

All above plus carols

Note!!

Cantata sing

Hooray Handel!
December 10th: St Eanswythe’s Folkestone
15:30

  • Handel Dixit Dominus
  • Handel Zadok The Priest
  • Handel Choruses from Messiah

Please click here to download or print the poster.

 
 
 
 
 
Cantata sing

Britten   Ceremony of Carols
December 16: Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
15.00

2018

Rehearsals begin on January 17

Brahms Requiem Scores

Peters Edition

German Text

Music Room Price  £5.56

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Memorabilia

I have received a great number of messages about last weeks performance and want to add to them with any more reflections that you have about singing in this concert.

Please do send any reflections on the music, the performance, what it meant to you and others to info@canterburycantatatrust.co.uk

Here’s a few of the many

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed singing with the Amici on Saturday. . I thought it was a wonderful and moving experience and I found it hard to hold back the tears during the Benedictus on the Armed Man . 

I couldn’t believe that the choir was not professional, as your singing certainly was. 

As for ‘The Armed Man’ it was terrific! I usually close my eyes when listening but it’s so visual and exciting that it’s impossible not to want to listen and watch.

Thank you so much…… Perfectly timed for Armistice weekend.

Having let the dust settle a bit, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the experience of  singing the Mozart and Jenkins at the Colyer Fergusson Hall. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Thank you for a fantastic evening of music making.

First of all thank you personally, for such a wonderful chance to sing amongst such talent, skill and enthusiasm.

The choir were abuzz with how wonderful an experience it was and so excited we had done as well as we had.

 

The orchestra were wonderful and I think both pieces were much better in performance, inspired no doubt by the calibre of the orchestra, the venue, the soloists  etc and a lot to achieve , 2 major works in one concert!! It was so impressive to have sold out as well

Amici Rehearsal 15th November

Cari Amici

Over forty eight hours have elapsed since we realised the last notes of the Jenkins on Saturday. A truly memorable performance by a group of remarkable people in concert with an equally remarkable group of musicians which is Orchestra 2012. I was impressed and thrilled by your commitment and engagement, your attention to detail ( always facilitated in rehearsal by Christopher) and your immersion in the drama of both pieces. Our soloists added to the beauties and mysteries of the works and I am looking forward to collaborating with them all again very soon. Grazia tanto Amici!

On Wednesday we will rehearse together the choruses from Vivaldi Gloria ( as a bonus rehearsal for Leiden deputation!) , Oh How Lovely are Your Dwellings from Brahms German Requiem and ...........from Berlioz L'enfance du Christ.

If you do not have copies they are downloadable here;

German Requiem
https://imslp.nl/imglnks/usimg/7/71/IMSLP272902-PMLP11297-Brahms-Requiem-English.pdf

p47/55 Initially before we decide on the edition we will use to sing from (in German) this is in English.

Berlioz (also in English)
https://imslp.nl/imglnks/usimg/8/8c/IMSLP333162-SIBLEY1802.24973.01a4-39087011305739score.pdf

p 11-20

All best wishes

Grenville

Here are some photos of the concert on November 11th:

Poppies and other announcements

A great effort has been made by members of Amici to produce these lovely poppies for the concert on Saturday to help raise funds for the RBLI.

There will be a private view of paintings by Steph Brunton in Butchery Lane Canterbury 6-8pm

and you may be interested in this carol service

Monday Music mailing list

Hi
I am updating Monday Music’s mailing list and would be grateful if you will confirm that you wish to remain on the list.
This applies to current and past members.
Many thanks.
Maggie Smith
Membership secretary

Amici Concert – Countdown!

Cari Amici,

We are here once more ... almost ​two years exactly since our last big concert in Colyer Fergusson and with six hours or so between us and realising these great pieces.

Thus:
Please ensure copies are well marked ...continual reminders about word endings, and some phrasing, dynamics and breathing suggestions.
Please remember the performance will be the sum of parts ... each and every one of us both important and responsible for a successful concert.

Tomorrow Wednesday we will spend the majority of the time with Mozart. 17.30 start

Friday November 10 we will spend the majority of the time available with Jenkins. We will be joined by a few of the wind players who will be with us on Saturday.
This rehearsal will begin at 17.00 and finish at 19.00

Saturday November 11.
Arrange seating, dressing rooms etc 12.30
Rehearsal for soloists and orchestra 13.00
Tutti Mozart rehearsal from 13.45
Break 15.30
Tutti Jenkins rehearsal from 16.00
Break 18.00
Performance at 19.30
Concert ends c 21.45

Dress
Ladies: Long black trousers or skirt, long sleeved blouses/shirts/jackets etc No bare arms please.Splash of colour and poppy.
Men: DJ, white shirt, bow tie of any description, poppy.

Help needed for general clear up at the end of the concert and for poppy selling etc. Please contact Anthea.

Tickets!
Huge demand for tickets. If you know that you are unable to use a ticket you have reserved PLEASE let Box Office know and they will release for sale.

A demain!

Grenville

Amici rehearsal – Jenkins update

Cari Amici,

Very much looking forward to next meeting after splendid rehearsal last Wednesday when we sang through the majority of the Jenkins and considerable amount of Mozart. I really love both pieces and consider both to be extraordinary creations…very different in style but at times able to move the listener and provoke thought about the position of Man in the biggest of landscapes.
However, practicalities need to be considered with regard to the only rehearsal with the orchestra on Saturday afternoon.
I have decided to cut a large portion of Charge whilst retaining the essence of the movement.
The cut will be from Letter B , bar 34 to letter G bar 116 taking the notes of ‘The’ from last quaver of b 33 as the upbeat to b 116. Thus we retain the orchestral scene setting, and concentrate on the thundering drum text before leading (the)Charge!. This followed by the improvisatory wailing section before the 30 seconds of silence and the sounding of the Last Post. This will be played by Kevin Kay Bradley in his Coldstreams Guard Uniform.
Only a few tickets left …hurry hurry if you have not ordered yours!

All best wishes

Grenville