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Conductor's Notes - 01.03.22

Great to see you all again - half term felt both very short but also drawn out due to not working with you lovely lot on a Tuesday evening! It was great to be back, and we did some fabulous work.

What we did on Tuesday 01.03.22

Once we'd remembered how it went, Lay a Garland was lovely! Rehearsing each of the entries seemed to really do the trick, and the sound of everyone together was just wonderful. Good work too on the Shearing movements - these feel very confident, so now it'll be a case of just ticking them over until the concert! I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised with how well the Moeran went - it's a hard piece, and Good Wine was brilliant (just remember that 6/8 section at the end!) To Daffodils was beautiful, and I feel like we really found the character of this.

Good effort with the Disley-Simpson - I know it's very 'out of peoples' comfort zones' but when you commit to it it sounds fab!

What we will do on Tuesday 08.03.22

This week is sectionals! We'll warm up with the Pearsall Why Do The Roses, and then break off to cover the Disley-Simpson in the first half, and Moeran Movements 3, 4, & 5, before coming back for the last 20 minutes or so to sing through it all. Lots to cover, so please do have a look at the music between now and then - I can't tell you how much better it sounds when people come having practiced the hard bits (and how grateful I am that you all put in that time!)

This week's listening:

When listening to the 'audience-created' playlist on BBC Radio 3 the other day, themed around "spring" (on which they played the King's Singers recording of To Daffodils), one piece stuck out to me - Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons. I think it's so interesting, so do give it a listen.


As always the playlist is here.


Keep sharing the poster for the concert far and wide, on Social Media and with friends and family.

- Ben

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