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Choral Report

Today, our parish choir had a shortened rehearsal and so sang one familiar piece and one that we had rehearsed for a couple of Sundays previously.

During the offertory, we sang O God, Thou Art My God by Purcell, which involved two semi-choirs for some of it. Here is a video of the Clare College of Cambridge. The final Hallelujah is a well-known hymn tune.

During Communion, we sang The Call by Ralph Vaughn Williams, a piece that is in our repertoire and that we can call up on short notice when rehearsal time is short. Here is a performance by The Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia.

Finally, Michael and I are looking forward to working with Rob Teehan on Tuesday evening on a recording of the final work of his Canadian Film Centre residency. Rob was Michael’s tuba teacher for a couple of years and apart from his bands (Heavyweights Brass Band, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Boxcar Boys), he’s been composing up a storm and in particular, working on a number of film scoring projects. Michael and I will be part of the choir for his work Lamb of God – Mass of the Redeemer.

This is the work we’ll be recording:

We’re getting close to the end of church choir season, as we take a break over the summer and resume in September. It’s one of my weekly self-care activities. Choral singing brings this introvert into a community of like-minded people who love to make music.

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