Saturday, January 20, 2007

Today's concert

Today, Crouch End Festival Chorus is performing Tippett's A Child of our Time and Britten's Spring Symphony at the Barbican Centre in London. I'm blogging this from the promoter's office backstage, after the afternoon rehearsal. The rehearsal went very well: in addition to the chorus and the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, we are working with Finchley Children's Music Group who have provided a large choir for the Britten and a chamber choir for the Tippett to sing along with the spirituals, which makes them feel much more congregational and inclusive.

We had a few teething problems with platform arrangements, but thanks to the Barbican's excellent stage crew we've made some adjustments since the rehearsal finished, so that everyone will be able to see the conductor.

I've already blogged about how much I love the Tippett, so I'm looking forward to the concert immensely. We haven't put any balcony tickets on sale, so it looks like it will be a fairly full house in the stalls and circle.

Tonight's concert is being given in association with TreeHouse - the national charity for autism education. Even if you can't make it to the concert, they are a worthy charity providing a unique service to children with autism and their families, and I'm sure they would appreciate any donations you could make.

After the concert we'll be off to the Indian Ocean (the one in Holloway Road, not the one just the left of the Pacific...) for a well-earned curry and a few bottles of beer!