AmyBeth on our Stratford Gig
A successful event and a wonderful time was had by all!
Canary Wharf was another challenging venue to sing in but LTC rose to that challenge with aplomb! After moving ourselves around we got a great balance and much more enthusiasm. Fabulous a capella versions of Linden Lea and Pasttime with Good Company went down a storm but it was Bruno Mars’s composition of Uptown Funk, and Bring Me Sunshine that really drew the crowd in!
Shout out to Bethan who had the brilliant idea of singing We are Marching in the Light of Change. No folders, impromptu harmonies and dancing ended our three sets with a bang!
Our infectious enthusiasm rubbed off on the volunteers and they even joined us for a chorus at the end. Great fun, Great Music, Great Singing.
Rehearsal and concert news
Well what a good rehearsal that was, courtesy of Merel, who stood in for AmyBeth at short notice. We ran through the whole programme for Thursday and save for one piece all was sounding good. We had some trouble with the National Express so have decided to also bring with us on Thursday the two part version and AmyBeth will decide if we are doing this piece or not on the night.
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See some of you on Thursday at Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station - at the foot of the main escalator, wearing your black and red combinations and music in your back folders at 1830hrs for a 1900hrs start.
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A good rehearsal last evening after a week off for half term (and AmyBeth’s trip to Los Angeles).
There was a particularly strong line-up of tenors and basses; but the sopranos and altos rose to the challenge and together we delivered some lusty ensemble singing.
We started where we had left off last time with ‘Pastime with Good Company’. Several members have sung it before with other groups, and there was lively discussion about the words. Even though some members claimed to know the meaning of ‘gruch’, nobody was sure how to pronounce it correctly, so we agreed to sing ‘those’ instead. We also decided (after some deliberation) that we would sing ‘comfort’ to rhyme with ‘sport’. We are now close to performance standard and await AmyBeth’s final advice on dynamics.
Then on to ‘Fields of Athenry’. We had only looked at the first verse last time, and the arrangement of the second verse is different. The tenors get to sing the melody of the chorus, but fortunately the sopranos got over their surprise and learned an uplifting ‘descant’. Verse three looked like a further challenge until we realised that most of the harmonisation was similar to parts of verses one and two, so learning was quicker than anticipated. A few awkward corners (and intervals!) need sorting out, but overall good progress.
And finally we blew the dust off ‘Proud Mary’. It didn’t need much polishing, and we’re close to finalising how we will finish, as page 10 doesn’t seem to do the job particularly well.
Look out in your email inboxes for AmyBeth’s mark ups of the dynamics, breathing and word emphasis for ‘Pastime’ and ‘Fields of Athenry’. We’re hoping this will save time (and reduce confusion) at rehearsals, but you’ll still need to make sure you mark up your own copies.
Next week we’ll be rehearsing Linden Lea and our G&S piece - Now to the banquet we press. And possibly revisit National Express.