We had a good rehearsal polishing The Gaelic Blessing and going through the National Anthem (harmony) plus a run through of Our Lord and Father of Mankind (unison) and O Valiant Hearts at the end - in 4 fine voices. There were 22 attendees - 8 sops 6 altos 3 tenor and 4 basses.
As a reminder the uniform for Southwark is for ladies all black outfits with a poppy to be worn on left hand side but no scarf and for men a red tie, black shirt and trousers and if possible a black jacket too. Men are also to wear a poppy on left hand side.
Hope to see as a good gathering on Saturday to really finish off and perfect the music and there will be an hour next Tuesday 5 November just to polish off any rough edges.
Thanks to Ralph!
MP3s for the Gaelic Blessing, our main piece at Southwark, are now on the site.
Also provisional dates for our Christmas rehearsals.
First rehearsals for Southwark
Ladies and Gents what a pleasure to be singing again with you all: 7 sopranos, 6 altos, 3 tenors and 4 basses! Tonight we worked hard on the Gaelic Blessing in the first half and the sound we made was fantastic, each part grew in confidence as the evening went on. In the second half of the rehearsal we sang our way through all the hymns and the National Anthem. Ralph Harding says he will be getting MP3s out in the next week for you to use in your own practice, so look out for these on the website
The choir practice on Saturday the 26 October is cancelled as Merel wants you to work on the pieces on your own: we need to look at not only the music but also the words as they dictate the dynamics and allow us to give the music and words meaning and feeling.
It was decided that for the Southwark service the ladies would wear black top and bottom, skirt or trousers, if skirt is worn then black tights please, no scarf. Gents will wear black shirt, red tie and black trousers and black shoes:;all singers will be asked to wear a red poppy on the left.
Our next rehearsal is on Tuesday 29 October then Saturday 2 November and finally 5 November for an hour. Lastly on Wednesday 6 November we will be singing alongside the Cathedral choir and we are just as good as they are, as I heard tonight.
A message from new member Cara
Thank you all for making me feel so welcome last night and over the last couple of months, and for such a lovely evening and first concert with you, and for the support each of you have offered in various ways since I’ve joined. From what I heard of Michael Keyte last night it’s just as he would have wanted it - for new members to feel so welcomed that they want to return... ❤🎶✨
Thanks from Chairman-Elect Bob
Thank you to all who took part in yesterday's concert. I felt it went really well and Michael's Mum and family were pleased with the sound and the quality of music. I really enjoyed singing with you all and catching up with others who were not singing but listening. A great evening and my thanks for all your hard work and enjoyment of making music.
Yesterday's concert and other news
We sang at St Leonard's Shoreditch yesterday to commemorate the life and achievements of our founder MD Michael Keyte who, sadly, died last year. As well as two sets from the choir, there were four soloists from young piano pupils Luke, Eliana, Connie and Selene and organ solos by Michael's college friend Bryan Gipps. The choir was conducted by Merel and there were three short speeches by Bob, David and Michael. Refreshments, including some super cakes by Jenny and others were provided by church volunteers.
This website has today been reorganised and there's a new page called NEW MEMBERS and a new contact email address TransportChoirLondon@gmail.com.
At the recent AGM, John Barry was presented with a gift and thanked for his two years in the chair (which probably felt like a decade) and Bob Aley succeeds him, continuing also as Librarian. Susan Gilbert stood down as Secretary but will continue to produce the programmes for St Martin-in-the-Fields - thanks to her. Catherine will be the Secretary, looking after membership as well. Michael continues as Treasurer and Webmaster. New and continuing committee members are Fiona, Gabi, Jenny, Sam and Zena.
The rehearsal schedule for Southwark is slightly amended and will be as follows:
Tuesday 22 October 1745 for 1800-2000 10th floor, 55 Broadway
Saturday 26 October (Possible) 1445 for 1500-1700 10th floor, 55 Broadway
Tuesday 29 October 1745 for 1800-2000 10th floor, 55 Broadway
Saturday 2 November 1445 for 1500-1700 10th floor, 55 Broadway
Tuesday 5 November 1745 for 1800-1900 Holden Room, 55 Broadway
Contact me for more information.