Last night's rehearsal for the Beethoven Missa Solemnis was excellent. It was one of those evenings where everything seems to come together and gel at once - the enthusiasm of our MD, David Temple, the chorus being in excellent voice, and concentration levels at a peak. Chatting to David afterwards in the pub, he said he was looking forward to the opportunity to spend the final couple of rehearsals working on the meaning of the piece (which for me is tied in with Beethoven's disillusionment at the end of the Napoleonic era in Europe - it was written in 1818) and his own interpretation, rather than still being in "learning mode".
The committee and various other members of the choir are starting to work on the planning for a major event that is scheduled to take place in early 2008. I can't say much more about it at the moment, as discussions and negotiations with sponsors, venues and the composer are still at a very early stage, but suffice it to say that it will make a "splash" in the true spirit of CEFC's position at the forefront of the avant-garde in large-scale choral music. You will have to keep reading my blog if you want to learn more as time progresses!