Friday, January 19, 2007

Saturday's concert

Last night's orchestral rehearsal for Crouch End Festival Chorus's concert at the Barbican Centre this Saturday was a strange affair. Half of the orchestra and choir were late arriving because of transport problems caused by the storms, so David Temple had to do some impromptu restructuring of the rehearsal. A few years ago the choir would have been completely thrown by the lack of certain key entries caused by missing orchestral players, but last night rose to the occasion superbly.

I'm looking forward to the concert immensely. The Tippett (A Child of our Time) in particular is a favourite of mine. Working on it for this concert reminded me of his mastery of counterpoint, both in the choral lines and also some of the exquisite orchestral writing, particularly for the woodwind. It will also be a real pleasure to sing Britten's Spring Symphony in a great concert hall. The last time we performed it was in a church in north London, the acoustic of which did no favours for the clarity of the performance.

I've just created an entry in Wikipedia about the chorus, which you can read here.