I’m singing Rachmaninov Vespers with Durham Singers at the moment, and although I don’t have to battle with the language, I’ve had to overcome the effect it has on my spirits. Two Russian words sum up the musings in this blog post: ‘toska’ and ‘radost’.
Some key Church Slavonic vocabulary from Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil (Vespers).
Some musings on music and light and science that have been floating around my head as I rehearse lots of magnificent music inspired by light, for a joint music and science event with Durham University physicists.
My overwhelming experience of singing Thomas Tallis’s Spem in Alium for the first time, in a workshop with Oxford’s Schola Cantorum, led by James Burton
Having been thrown back into to cold hard world of a proper job, I came up with a musical one-a-day rule to keep my soul intact.
As part of their annual Choral Pilgrimage tour, The Sixteen run a series of choral workshops, based on their concert repertoire. There was a nice link this year, via John Sheppard, to a Durham Singers concert next March, so two of us went to the choral workshop at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.
Ushaw College is opening its doors to the world, and I’m involved in planning a series of concerts in the amazing spaces that the college offers. There’ll be jazz, folk and classical concerts, in the gothic magnificence of St Cuthbert’s chapel, in the theatre and in the informal, relaxed setting of the former reading room. I’m very excited about the possibilities the college buildings offer for music and about the concerts we’ve got lined up.
Music in Durham has now been going for a year, so here’s a run down of the last year’s musical highlights, and a look ahead.
Some personal thoughts about Saturday’s Durham Singers programme that were left over after after writing official publicity material.
Some notes from the Durham Singers’ workshop on William Byrd given by Robert Hollingworth, musical director of the vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, in preparation for our next concert.