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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.

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

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.

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!


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


Information for concert and Leiden

Concert on November 11th

Please will everyone make sure they have all music marked clearly ready for the concert and bring a pencil to all rehearsals for last minute directions etc., and also a clear name of owner, there are always stray copies and they will find their way back to you better if named.
Poppies will be for sale to choir members at the Colyer Furgesson at the rehearsal, price £5.00, going to the Poppy Appeal.
Please will everyone be helpful with chairs both setting out and putting away.
Those supplying sandwiches will need to label them please, best done on outside of clingfilm wrap or on outside of sandwich bag.
Be aware that sandwiches must be wrapped for hygiene reasons and for ease of handling, being able to see through the wrap will be useful!

Leiden travellers

Music should come in a printed booklet, but still find the Vivaldi Gloria and have it ready to use, this will reduce printing costs considerably.
Dress is the same as concert on 11th Nov.
It now seems that Saturday mornings rehearsal with the Dutch choir Excelsior will be at 10.00 followed by lunch, which they appear to be providing for us. If that changes I will let you know.
Travel arrangements still require a very early start from Canterbury, please make arrangements so as not to be late.
Please also have your passport and any medicines you may need, in your hand luggage and not in the coach's hold, which will be inaccessible throughout travelling.
You should also have a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport, should the worst happen and you mislay it while away. The copy will ease the way when we go through officialdom.
Enjoy, enjoy, both the concert and the trip should be wonderful experiences, we are such lucky people to able to do such ambitious things, regards Anthea

Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Tuesday Oct 24th

The Medics and Scientists Music Ensemble and Friends, are performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in the Quire of Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday the 24th of October at 7.30 p.m. Our conductor will be Ralph Allwood MBE. This is a free concert, but we will be collecting donations for Children in Need, to support child victims of war.

We are a fairly small group, including several members of Amici and we have been rehearsing since February. It would be wonderful to see you there.

Best wishes,

Ruth Denton