Dear all, hoping you are staying well and enjoying the spring weather.
It seems incredible that it's over a year since we sang together, but I hope we can come together over the summer months and plan for concerts ahead. As with everyone, the past year has brought many changes for me - I'm no longer working at Durham Cathedral but am relishing getting to grips with archives and starting an archivist training course this May. I've been doing some online singing with Opera North's From Couch to Chorus and getting to know Ushaw Historic House and Gardens as a volunteer (along with Janet Arkle!). All the very best to all and here's to singing together over the coming months.
Text below from Voices of Hope facebook page.
‘Kiss the Bairns’ composed by Jessica Curry commissioned for the Centenary of World War One by the Northern Regional Brass Band Trust and Durham County Council for ‘Durham Hymns’.
‘Kiss the Bairns’ is based on a letter written by Shildon born soldier Joseph Furness who joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1906. He served first with the 2nd Battalion but joined the 10th Battalion when war broke out, and was promoted to sergeant. He died in 1915 while on active duty.
Five months before his death, Joseph wrote a letter to his wife, Annie, which was to be delivered in the event of his death. “I am awfully sorry to leave you like this, Dearie, buried away in a foreign land. I am also sorry to be the means of causing you pain. The only request I have to make under the circumstances is that you don't grieve too much about me. And my last wish is that you marry again if you find anyone you think worthy of taking my place. You are still quite young and it would be a shame to spoil your life for a memory. You might kiss the bairns goodbye for me...”
Which choir member are you?
I hope the link works: it's a fun quiz to see which type of chorister you are.
I got Soloist - those were the days!
We had a committee meeting last night via Zoom.
As you can see we were all very supportive when Judith had problems with her audio and was driven to drink!
Singing in a group is likely to be some way of yet but there are lots of different on-line/Zoom/Youtube based virtual choirs to consider to fill that void.
This one was emailed to me today.
I've no idea if it is good/bad/indifferent but some of you may be interested as they're doing a medley from "Les Miserables" in August.
Further info is available from https://www.virtualmusicteaching.com/virtual-choir
Alos, this Friday (24th July, 5pm) they're doing Vivaldi's "Domine Fili unigenite" then next Friday (31st July, 5pm) it's Handels' Hallelujah Chorus.
If anyone has tried any other online choirs and wants to send suggestions/give feedback that would be great :)
For anyone who might be interested in a Zoom opera workshop.
"Join us for a fun four-week series of workshops where you’ll learn all the best singing tips and tricks from a professional choral director from Opera North.
Sign up » https://www.operanorth.co.uk/whats-on...
By the end of the course, you will be able to sing excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen and Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, as well as the rousing Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco.
In the final workshop singers from all vocal parts will join together to sing as a full virtual chorus via Zoom!
When: Weekly, 20 July – 12 August
Where: Your own home
The workshop is ‘pay as you feel’ – you will have the opportunity to donate however much you like in the checkout stage and before or after each workshop.
From Couch to Chorus and our wider education programme is kindly supported by the Emerald Foundation."