Details of concert on Dec 13th and dates for next year

Cari Amici,

A very productive rehearsal yesterday.We worked very hard on both Brahms and Berlioz. Whilst singing both in English it offered an exciting insight into Brahms German Requiem. Challenging, very beautiful and so different from Mozart and Jenkins. (Still people commenting on the impact of the November 11 performance).

Next weeks meeting will take the form of an open rehearsal together with a community carol sing! The schedule will be:

Setting up/helping team 1​6.45​. Seats from hall to chancel.
Amici arrive from 17.20
Warm up and rehearsal Brahms, Berlioz, Jenkins, Irish Blessing, Christopher Gower
Guests arrive for 18.00 sitting in nave

Programme open rehearsal/carols

Oh How lovely are thy Dwellings Brahms
Carols
God shall wipe away all tears Jenkins
Carols
Shepherds farewell Berlioz
Carols
Kings and Shepherds Christopher Gower
Carols
Irish Blessing Bob Chilcott
Carols

Wine and mince pies!

Dates for next year 2018

Amici Chorus rehearsal of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem/Handel Messiah

January 17
January 24
January 31
February 7 No rehearsal February 14
February 21
February 28
March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28

Summer term (opera choruses)

April 18
April 25
May 2
May 9
May 16
May 23 No rehearsal May 30th
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27

Autumn Term Handel Messiah

September 19
September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24 no rehearsal October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28
December 5
Performance Handel Messiah Colyer Fergusson Hall, UKC Sunday December 9 ​ 2018​ 15.00
December 12

Future concerts

Performance Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem Colyer Fergusson Hall, UKC Sunday March 17 ​ 2019 15.00 ​

Until Wednesday
Grenville

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:

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

Amici rehearsal notes

Cari Amici,

Another excellent rehearsal last Wednesday and looking forward to the next on Wednesday 11th October.

We spent good quality rehearsal time improving phrasing and diction. It is difficult to over emphasize the need to sound all word endings whether a syllable or sibilant clearly…an s or t sound for instance need to be engaged with fully….always pushing the sound of the letter against the next beat of the bar we are in.

Rex Tremendae

A good example is the x  in Rex of  No 3 Rex Tremendae.  The sound needs to be very full, occupying the whole duration of the crotchet but finishing precisely, clearly and accurately. 
Please enjoy the dialogue between parts. Bar 7 alti answered by soprani , tenors by basses. Bar 11.
The R of Rex must be rolled each and every time we sing it.
Big contrast in dynamic at bar 18…needing lots of support to ensure a piano  sound. Basses listen to the F of the alti to pitch your Salve Me.  Lat three bars very quiet, confident, full sound to create  the cadence with a full length crotchet.

Dies Irae

To be sung with great passion and  strength in the knowledge that the meaning of the text is :

The day of wrath, that day will dissolve the world in ashes,
David being witness along with the Sibyl
How great will be the quaking,
when the Judge will come,
investigating everything strictly.

Please make sure your copies are marked with a crescendo/diminuendo b.42 , 43,44, and again 46/48. 

Jenkins

As  enfatico as possible in no 9 . Soprano rhythm bar 19 ..be careful…I missed your reversing quaver/semi quaver rhythm…and tutti triplet Thou- sands  achieves a relaxed feel to the word.

Good singing of the last Chorale…maintaining pitch really well.

The Translation of no 1 The Armed Man is

The armed man should be feared.
Everywhere it has been proclaimed
That each man shall arm himself
With a coat of iron mail.
The armed man should be feared.

Poster

I am indebted to Stephanie Brunton for producing another beautiful poster (attached). It is quite wonderful and now we all have to do our bit and promote the concert. Two ticket sales for each Amici member will guarantee the hall half full! Here it is:

 

Click here to download the poster.

 

Sunday 15th October  Retorica

A wonderful  opening recital to the Sixth Bayle Music season to be given by  the violin duo Retorica Harriet Mackenzie and Phillipa Mo. They are staggering virtuosic players whom I met for the first time two years ago at Aldeburgh. The programme is exciting very exciting with music by Bach, Prokovief, Telemann and others. The concert is at 15.30 in the beautiful St Eanswthe's church, The Bayle , Folkestone CT20 1SW.

Why not have a morning taking in the Triennial exhibits (some marvellous responses to the title On The Edge  including the two serene Gormley figures seen at half/low tide). Extremely good independent  eating places …sea food on the harbour, Beanies Vegetarian restaurant Tontine Street, a wealth of tastes on newly restored Harbour Arm .  

Finally….

Absence not only makes the heart grow fonder  it affects the  choral experience. Copies are being marked, scores are becoming familiar with good ensemble. A few uninformed absences l can prejudice the great performance we are striving for.

Grenville

Amici rehearsal September 27th

Cari Amici,
 
A  lovely rehearsal  last Wednesday full of energy. Tomorrow we will start with Osanna , the Allegro section as the conclusion of VI Benedictus, followed by revision of Dies Irae.
We will rehearse Torches  from The Armed Man followed by revision.
 
No 6 Notes Hymn Before Action
The s in all words needs clear articulation, supported well and with the  sound pushing right against the start of the next word avoiding a staggered s.
Bar 12 Path ..th as late as possible in the bar up against the first beat of the next bar ...which is a quiver rest.
Thunders b 18 Emphasise the Th sound of the word , s  treated as before and the d of Lord  and God  clearly enunciated.
B 35 Seek  k clearly pronounced  as too t of Grant bar 45.
We will rehearse no 7 Charge.
 
Wanted!
Twenty four voices (balanced numbers of stab)  or more for Flash Chorus to sing Toreadors Chorus from Carmen  on Saturday October 14 a.m., as part of opening day of Canterbury Festival.
 
Wanted!
More generous orchestra sponsors for November 11. The orchestra for Jenkins is 59 in total.
 
Looking forward to tomorrow's rehearsal .
 
Grenville
 

September 20th rehearsal

Cari Amici,
Looking forward to the rehearsal tomorrow following last weeks excellent revision and further learning of Mozart Communio  (no VIII p 72 Bärenreiter  edition)
Please make sure your scores are marked as follows;
b. 8 Lux …x sound emphasised
b.9 Soprano line to ring out over three underlying voices.
b.10 Luce …. loo chay 
b.14  es  long  ’s’ sound  against second beat of bar
b.16 onwards  Requiem     rr sound …rolling r
b 31.  Cum sanctions  Allegro, energetic, articulated answering phrase to recapitulated subject
b.63 developing crescendo  to support conclusion of this section with soprano entry b70.
Tomorrow September 20th
Revision of  Agnus Dei, Communio, Introitus,  Kyrie
 
Jenkins      p.20 Piu Mosso  Christe eleison
 Angry Flames    p 70
Thanks to growing number of orchestral  sponsors. Spaces still for more!
Remember…£80 , gift aided with two comp tickets.
Canterbury Festival opening flash mob…..more details tomorrow…. Amici singers wanted for opening community day.
Details tomorrow
A demain
Grenville

Cari Amici September 12 2017

Cari Amici September 12 2017

Cari Amici,
Very much looking forward too the first of ten rehearsals for our next spectacular concert to be given on Saturday November 11.
A reminder of the  schedule as posted in June

Wednesday September 13, 20 , 27
Wednesday October 4,11,18,25
Wednesday November 1, 8,
Friday November 10 **

Saturday November 11
Seating rehearsal 11.30 * Colyer Fergusson Hall
Orchestral rehearsal 14.00*
Chorus and Orchestra 15.00-17.30*

Performance 19.30

*There may be some adjustments these times

**Please keep this date free should it be needed

HELP!  HELP!  HELP!  

HELP needed  to finance this concert! It is the most ambitious in terms of orchestral forces to date …for the Jenkins we need an orchestra of c 60 musicians  ( percussion section of six for example). Thus some ideas below how we might pay for such;

  1. Commercial Sponsorship. Do you know any potential commercial, business, philanthropic  contacts  Cari Amici
  2. Individual sponsorship. Sponsor a musician for £80, gift aid the donation. You will receive two complimentary tickets to the concert and your name will be included (should you wish)win the programme.
  3. Advertising space in  the programme. Commercial,services, art exhibitions, solicitors, hairdressers, portrait painters, plumbers photographers , airbnb etc
  4. Coffee mornings etc….target £80?
Would you like to take responsibility for one ?
A demain
Grenville