This one is dedicated to Ollie and those of you who are unable to picture your day as I gave you instructions earlier! Tomorrow (Thursday 29th November)
You need: Vocal Ensemble uniform, posh folder, Shenandoah and John Cage, packed tea, cash for train and maybe some fast food.
Meet in Music at 2.40pm prompt to travel to St Albans station.
Rehearsal from 4.30-5pm.
Concert starts at 7.45pm - as the concert is SOLD OUT you will need to stand for the whole concert - please make sure you have enough food and drink to keep you going before and afterwards!
Back in St A by c.10.30pm.
Saturday 1st December - Britten St Nicolas
You need: Britten and Finzi, Vocal Ensemble uniform and all black too.
2.15pm - Meet at St Saviour's Church (leave enough time to get there please).
4.45pm - rehearsal finishes (strings continue)
7.00pm - Meet back at the church for warm up.
7.30pm - concert starts.
Monday 5th December - Christmas Concert
Rehearsal at lunchtime - Candlelight Carol
Usual other rehearsa…
The score to John Four2 has arrived, ready for Thursday. Please come and collect it on Monday. The recording of it below will only make sense if you have the score in front of you so make sure you can find a bit of time just to work out what on earth is going on.
It's a busy week for the Vocal Ensemble this week. For Thursday's rehearsal, please bring ALL of your music. We will top and tail the Finzi and the Britten, go over Shenandoah and sink our teeth into the Christmas music. Candelight Carol should only need topping and tailing too and I want to look at the Mendelssohn next. Please have a look at your music and just listen to the playlist too.
Please can you make sure you bring reply slips in for Thursday too.
Keep up the good work!
We hope to see you at one of the following concerts in the coming month:
1) Thursday 29th November 2012, 7.30pm St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London
The Vocal Ensemble will perform alongside a cappella group VOCES8 in the Edition Peters Concert. Tickets (£12/£8) and more information are available from here: http://www.editionpeters.com/concert
2) Saturday 1st December 2012, 7.30pm in St Saviour's Church, St Albans
The Vocal Ensemble will perform Britten's St Nicolas with the local groups Carillon Chamber Choir and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing Finzi's Magnificat. Tickets (£13/£11) include wine, soft drinks and canapés in the interval and can be obtained from email@example.com
3) Monday 3rd December 2012, 7pm in Beaumont School Hall **please note change of date**
Beaumont School Christmas Concert: come and hear all the extra-curricular groups perform this term's repertoire. Tickets are £4/£2 and are available on the door.
Here are the playlists (in no particular order) for Choir, Training Choir and Vocal Ensemble for our Carol Service 2012. Some of the congregational carols may differ in harmonies but everything else should be the same. Congregational carols will be on the Choir playlist. All the choirs will sing a version of O holy night, arr. Mack Wilberg. The version is not on Spotify but I did find it on YouTube (see below). We won't do it as slowly, though! Choir:
The Training Ensemble will sing Maria Wiegenlied.
The Year 13 girls will sing There is no rose and the sopranos and altos will sing Caritas abundat.
Area of Study 2: Classical period, African A Cappella
Area of Study 3: Jigs & Reels, American Line Dancing, Salsa
Area of Study 4: Descriptive Music
You are expected to attend your instrumental lessons as usual. If there is a clash with an exam, please sort it out with your teacher. If you can't then, please get in touch with us and we will try and sort it for you. Missed lessons for no reason will not be acceptable and we will charge for these.
As Christmas is coming up soon, we also expect you to come to extra-curricular clubs where possible. If it's a lunchtime club, we will let you leave earlier for your afternoon exam. Concert Band would be fab but we understand if you can't make it.
For the 3rd time in three days some of you will be returning to the South Bank but this time for a Gamelan workshop!
Here are the plans:
0830 Register and assemble in Room 30
0840 Classroom session 1
1015 Classroom session 2
1130 Leave for St Albans Station by minibus
1330 Gamelan Introductory workshop at the Royal Festival Hall
1530 Workshop finishes
1630 Approximate arrival at St Albans Station - please be collected from here