Thursday, 19 February 2015

The trouble with (A)men is...

The last couple of weeks have proved difficult in getting the 'Amens' in the right places. There's a lot a long runs of notes in the Missa Solemnis and just to keep us on our toes, the '-men' bits of the 'amens' don't always come in the same places. We're getting there with getting the notes in the right order though, so the rest will follow soon.

We've also had another go at two of the Rutter Birthday Madrigals - It was a lover and his lass, and Come live with me. They couldn't really be more different from the Mozart and Vivaldi we're doing for the Spring concert, but they make a really nice change and are great pieces of music.

As ever, tickets can be purchased through the Bradford Chorale website -

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

I remember you...

....or I should.

The sopranos seemed to be suffering from a collective mind blank this week, when despite having rehearsed and even note-bashed parts of it, we barely remembered a single note of the 'Cum Sancto Spiritu' in the Missa Solemnis.

I was also having problems with the 'Amens' this week, as I discovered I can sing them going down, but oddly, not when they're going up. Thankfully the rest of the Missa went much better, which is probably just as well.

We also had a go at some of the music for the June concert, John Rutter's Birthday Madrigals. They are very different to the music the Chorale normally sing, but it's great to sing something a bit lighter.

Tickets for the March concert are now available from the website, or from any member of the Chorale.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Up and running...

Yay! it worked! Sorry, technology isn't really my strong point, so glad I can bring you the poster for our next concert. Tickets are also now available and it would be great to see you there.

At rehearsal this week we were note-bashing the difficult bits to the Missa Solemnis which is not particularly exciting, music wise, but always needed for tricky bits. Needless to say things sounded much less tentative at the end of rehearsal and once we've got the notes sorted, we can start making it sound 'musical' rather than just 'right'.

In other technological news, the new Bradford Chorale website is now up and running. Including all the latest details on forthcoming concerts, the website also has information on the Chorale's history and useful music learning files. It can be found at