Wednesday 23 November 2011

Compound quadruple time

When does a dotted minim have two beats?

When you are in 12/8 or some such, as my orchestra of very small people discovered early this am.

What was

We are playing the pastorale from Corelli's Christmas Concerto as ye do at this kinda time.

Coming in part way through bars was also interesting...

Funny it never struck me as being remotely problematic, so I just reminded them it was in 4 and got going and then wondered why I was having to explain how we divide the bar up. 

Learn something new every day.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Monday 21 November 2011

IOW on Sat

Still alive, just a little busy.

Concerts, stuff, friends, IOW, rehearsals, ping my phone goes off and now I'm replacing a treble in tonight's sung grace... already wacked through the Bartok Rumanian Dances before 9.10 this morning for the next gig on Thursday and so it goes...

Anyway, we did the propers for Epiphany on Saturday.  Very good and very useful.

And the weather was lovely again.

Sunday 13 November 2011

Remembrance Sunday

Here is Zephy's video of the Thiepval Memorial.

My great great uncle Lance Corporal Michael Higgins MM, 2nd Battalion Irish Guards, is one of the names.

We saw it in the summer. 

We don't know if any family had been there since 15th September 1916 when he was killed.

Saturday 12 November 2011

Fame at last

The schola makes p.10 of the Herald.

Weirdo comments underneath.

Some people! Tsh.

PS The unseen people here are the Sisters at Ryde of course.  It was Sr Bernadette who schooled us in the propers, (slightly unclearly described, we did sing them all,) and who suggested Mass XV because the gloria is the one used as the melody for the gloria in the new translation.


Just in case you were wondering, I'm now entering that marathon 5 week stretch leading up to the end of term.  The aim of the game is to arrive without going down with an illness (had the 'flu jab, going to bed early and eating lots of healthy food,)and without messing anything up (not always entirely in your control.)  People frequently ask me if we are gearing up for a Christmas Concert and we are but there are 4 other performances I am involved in at work and numerous other things outside work. One concert would be fine to organise! In fact we've decided in the dept that doing the concert is OK it's everything else you have to do to make it happen that can be tricky and this is a very resonable, easy place to work.

Quite how I'll be able to do this when I'm 66, I'm not quite sure.

Sunday 6 November 2011

Sunday night music

Having a rummage for something else and found this.

 My favourite type of singing as it goes. 

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Tuesday 1 November 2011

All Saints