John Barry's Blog
Yesterday, I managed to make it to rehearsal for the first time in a while - I've been away in Ireland working and it's slightly too far to travel, even for LTC!
I was a bit late and I came in to the choir in full song on "Past Times with Good Company". When you're sitting and singing in the choir sometimes you don't appreciate how good it sounds to the listener. And it sounded brilliant, cheering up that very functional conference room in Palestra no end.
Perhaps everyone should stand at the front and have a listen at least once each term. Very inspiring.
That's for Make Music Day. Following straight on we'll be getting ready for the International Concert, with Paris and Brussels, on Saturday 6th October. Music for that is the Fauré Requiem plus a selection of songs including La Mer. Formal invitations to our sister choirs go out in the next few days. Rehearsals will be in July and resuming early September.
Busy day on Saturday 19 May
As well as a certain wedding and a cup final, the day continued as your committee and Music Director sat down to discuss the repertoire and arrangements for our concert on Saturday 6 October and came up with some detailed plans. To be confirmed shortly - and dates for rehearsals are now on this website.
Then there was a rehearsal in the cool of Palestra, well away from crowds and bunting. We refreshed 'National Express,' learned 'Pastime with Good Company,' supposedly written by Henry VIII, and started work on the lovely 'Fields of Athenry'. More work is to be done during Tuesday's rehearsal, also at Palestra at 17:45 for 18:00. Oh, and we discussed adding some more MP3 Files to the website so that members can practice between rehearsals and brush up on what we have just learned during these sessions. They're now known as 'Sing-along-with-Ralph' for reasons which may be obvious.
Royal Wedding Day News
Good news on this sunny Royal Wedding Day! The website now includes MP3 Files for our forthcoming Making Music Day event on Thursday 21 June. So Bob won't need to fill your inboxes in future - just go to www.londonstransportchoir.org and open the Choir Resources Page and you'll find them all there. Let me know if you have any difficulties with this - and thanks to Ralph for creating these and Bob for uploading them.
There's also a blog about Maddy's recent concert at the Royal Festival Hall and one from Bob about the MP3 files. If anyone would like to add a blog article just send it to me or I'll show you how to do it direct from your computer (or phone ...).
We have a rehearsal today at 3pm at Palestra after 'that wedding' so hope to see many of you there.
And finally, I bet you are all sick of those pesky emails about the new regulations and asking if you still want to be contacted by organisations you've never heard of. Well, quite a few of you haven't replied to our emails on this subject so I'm planning to send one last reminder and then we are supposed to take the non-repliers, even if they are members, off our mailing list. Sorry, but it's the law ...
It's good to talk, as someone once said ...
Choir member Maddy Corper sang soprano with Barts Choir at the Royal Festival Hall last Friday. Your LTC correspondent was there in the stalls and reports that it was an exciting performance of a work he had sung before but never heard live. Barts Choir, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Ivor Setterfield, also performed Parry's I Was Glad, Respighi's Pines of Rome, and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloé. Maddy said that it was 'amazing to sing such big works'.
MP3s have landed
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have, along with Michael, finally gained access to the web page and have been able to post some of the mp3 rehearsal files for you to use. Please do log in regularly to check for updates and more MP3 files. I will continue to send out the sheet music by email. It is my intention to upload the MP3 files as soon as I know from our Musical Director the repertoire she has decided on for us to sing. I am sorry I have missed the last rehearsal and that I will miss next Saturday's as well and possibly Tuesday next; this is mainly down to my having to reapply for my own job and prepare for this. Hopefully see you all on Tuesday next.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Well what a good turn out tonight and It was a pleasure to be making music again with you all and sounding pretty good, albeit a bit rusty. AmyBeth took us through 'Going Underground' and said she may put in an additional bass and alto part so look out for this. We also looked at the 'Continental Railway' (an old American favourite) and again AmyBeth has put in a second soprano part in the music to make the harmonies a bit more rounded. We also looked at the well known football anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' or if football's not your scene then a well known show tune from Carousel.
I will be, along with Michael, looking at ways to put the music MP3 files onto the webpage once these have been created by our own MP3 magician Ralph, so watch out for an update from me on this.
Please do take time to look at our webpage and share this with your friends and colleagues. Take care and I'll see you at the next rehearsal.
Rehearsal on 1 May
Looking forward to tonight's rehearsal at 55 Broadway. It's always a pleasure to get together and sing with friends (and hopefully some new singers) after a break and this evening will be no exception, I hope. Bob (our librarian) has emailed us all to say that we're starting this 'term' by revising four old faithfuls - Going Underground, Continental Railroad, National Express and You’ll never walk alone. These will probably be in our singing list for our Make Music event on Thursday 21 June at the Jubilee Line Station at Canary Wharf. Behind the scenes the committee has been working on our next concerts and other events - more details later, balancing our books for the year end accounts, and complying with new legislation about data protection. And updating this website. One anniversary occurs today - the Jubilee Line opened on this day in 1979. Here's the publicity picture! I think they were a bit hard on the Bakerloo Line and of course the extension via Canary Wharf wasn't even on the drawing board then.