eflyers for 10th June; Voices of London 1st July; social stuff.

Posted on behalf of Liz, [with edits from  AW]

[Attachment(s) from Elizabeth Cochrane included below]

Dear friends,
Sorry, long email.  All mission critical, though.
E-FLYERS
Here are the eflyers for POULENC, STRAVINSKY, RAVEL on 10th June (I’m sorry – I got distracted before the weekend).
It’s just 3 weeks away, now.  Please can you think in terms of selling 5 tickets apiece?  This is a Big Concert, in the newly arising tradition of Big Summer Concerts, so we need to go max on seat-packing, amplify on our audience generation efforts – in short, get multiple bums on seats. So shout about it to all your friends!
The music is gorgeous, dramatic and special (think how much you would love to listen to it from the pews!) and there will be a stunning input from the orchestra, with their performances of Stravinsky’s ‘Pulcinella Suite’ and Ravel’s ‘Mother Goose’ as well.  I don’t think anyone could fail to enjoy it, or to be flippin impressed.  It was sounding very good on Thursday.
I’ve also attached the flyer for the 2017-18 season, so that all our supporters can see what dates to put in their diaries, and how wonderfully varied the things are that we are doing. Please do share it around.
The same information is on the ‘upcoming concerts’ page of our public website. And I’ll put both flyers onto the evmembers website so you can find and download them again if you lose this email.
STRAPOULIVSKY PREP
There’s a rehearsal this week, then the crucial chance for ‘sectional polishing’ on Thursday 1st June.
The week after next we have rehearsals on Monday 5th (at Christ Church) and Thursday 8th (at St Pancras, with the orchestra – [The Monday rehearsal is at 7 pm and the Thursday rehearsal at 8 pm – AW]
[On Saturday 10th, before the concert, rehearsal will be from 4.15 pm.  Please be there at 4 pm to warm up / find your place / get last minute instructions from voice rep. – AW]
AFTER POUVINSKENC
The next thing for EV members to think about is the Voices of London Festival concert on Saturday 1st July.  Along with Music Makers of London (it’s a piece for double-choir), Eclectic Voices is performing Jonathan Dove’s piece The Passing of the Year.  In other words, we are key. Obvs.
We will be learning the piece on Thursdays 15th and 22nd June.
There is also a rehearsal on Saturday 17th June, 11am till 1pm, at St Mary’s Church, Merton, which we are warmly entreated to attend.
The concert on 1st July is at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct. Rehearsal for the Dove piece will start at 2:45, and the concert is at 7:30.
More details in a separate email.
Even if you’re not able to sing on 1st July, please do plan to come to the rehearsals on 15th and 22nd June, as we’ll be starting to look at the music for autumn – specifically the Brahms and Stroman songs that will form part of the programme. There’s a lot of music to learn for the October 28th concert, and that term doesn’t start until 28th September, so it will behoove us all to start early (behoove = singing as ponies) .
LOVE ECLECTIC – Well, you would, wouldn’t you?
Love Eclectic will be held on Thursday 29th, and I am in the process of finding a new venue for it – a Highbury pub, basically, where we can have a proper old knees-up.  Hopefully this will mean that more of our friends and family will come and join us, as it will more obviously resemble a party.
I’d like to let you know that the altos have something special planned (you may remember a number from an earlier year featuring rubber gloves), and I can only hope that other groups will also get something special going…  More details about the exact way that it will all work as soon as I have nailed down a venue, but get pondering.  To share is to delight, after all.
SUMMER SOCIALS
In response to the call for social action, Mel and Tim have nobly stepped into the breach (it’s a bit muddy down there) and will be hosting an Eclectic Summer Barbecue on Friday 18th August.
Do you want to lead an outing, organise a walk, bosh people with culture?  Maybe some EV-ers will come and support your friend’s theatre performance, coo at birds together in the Woodberry Wetlands, or take in opera or a musical with you… Just ask!
 
RECAP OF DATES
Thursday 25th May – rehearsal as usual
Thursday 1st June – sectional polishing
Monday 5th June – rehearsal at Christ Church
Thursday 8th June – rehearsal with orchestra at St Pancras
Saturday 10th June – concert at St Pancras with all of your friends. Ticket link on our public website.  Flyers attached here.  Rehearsals from 3pm (poss 4pm for EV?) and concert 7:30pm.
Thursday 15th June – rehearsal of Dove for VoL festival, and Brahms and Stroman for autumn
Saturday 17th June – rehearsal of Dove with the other choir, St Mary Merton, 11am-1pm
Thursday 22nd June – rehearsal of Dove for VoL festival, and Brahms and Stroman for autumn
Thursday 29th June – LOVE ECLECTIC (a party in need of some party turns)
Saturday 1st July – Voices of London Festival concert, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Friday 18th August – EV Summer Barbecue
Let me know if there are any questions.
Happy and glorious (sunshine),
Liz
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Spanish trip, volunteers, French Latin, tickets.

on behalf of Liz

Dear friends,
 
I’m going to hit you with the big news first. Hold onto your hats.
 
I am beyond thrilled to say that we DO have a foreign trip planned for 2018.  Hurrah!!! Yippee!! Ay caramba!  It’s been too long since we took to the road.  Happily, we’re going back to La Coruna, where EV members went in 2009, and will again be connecting with Traugott Graser, who is now working with a different choir, I think, though still in the same gorgeous part of the world.  Of the dates that we proposed to them, the weekend that works for the Galicians is 16th-18th March 2018, so get that in your diaries.
 
 We’ll be performing the music from our spring programme (Celebrating Gene Puerling) and the La Coruna choir will join us for two or three of the easier pieces that we do.  It may be that a third choir (from Santiago, and apparently qwal-i-dee) will also get involved in one of our concerts.
 
Today’s random Galician fact is that the local name for La Coruna is actually A Coruña.  Stick that on your plancha and grill it.
 
 
Another hot date: there will be an awayday on Sept 30th at Caldicott.  This will count as two of the rehearsals programmed for the Celebrating Bernstein concert on 28th October.  Although in fact we will have a bit of early music prep for that concert on 15th and 22nd June.
 
Some admin.
Volunteers!  We need a press officer. Can you write press releases?  Can you release them into the wild successfully?  Please speak up!  Also, how about organising a trip to Spain – yes, we will need a travel coordinator for our trip next year.
And social events could do with a boost: if you fancy organising something for choir members to do together over the next few months (a trip to the theatre, a walk, an escape room, in-depth pub investigations), please do!  The more the busier, the more fun the betterer.
 
You will have seen Andrew’s note about the EVMembers.org.uk website (login ID eclectic, password christchurch).  If you’re looking for an ‘official’ email that’s got buried in your inbox, or for reminders about – and links to – learning aids, you’ll find them all stored there.  You’ll also find the minutes of committee meetings (the most recent one is available now).  We try hard to keep it up to date, but humans are imperfect (and busy) and frankly I have frequently fallen short – so please don’t write and say what’s missing, unless it’s something you actively need! 
 
What you can use right now are the guides to French Latin pronunciation that Nicole provided and Scott circulated and Andrew has put onto the members’ website.  Please do use them – more specifically, please go through your music and note down the French Latin pronunciation for the words that we are singing.  It’s not always as you expect (for example, ‘um’ at the end of a word is pronounced ‘om’, as in homme, so ‘dominum’ is said ‘dominomme’) and there’s no point learning to sing the wrong thing!
 
Regarding Messieurs Stravinsky and Poulenc, Sarah has pointed out that actually this summer’s music carries some of the same demands of last summer’s Missa Solemnis – particularly where stamina is concerned.  We will need to sing pretty loudly most of the time once we’re against the orchestra, and a lot of the music is quite high.  You can find tips about building up vocal strength (so as not to damage your voice, and to sing beautifully, up high, at volume) on – where else? – the EV members’ website: look for the page ‘Learning aids – vocal technique and strength’.
Most importantly – the ticket link for the concert is active on our website.  Please send your friends there!!  Note that for this concert, concession tickets (for students, disabled, registered unwaged) are £12 rather than our usual £10.  Standard tickets are £15 as ever.  You can buy paper tickets from Andrew at rehearsals, too.  We need to sell a minimum of 5 tickets per choir member to break even on this concert, so please do your darnedest in getting friends and family to support us by coming to listen to stunning music in a great space. Thank you!
That’s it, I think.
Tally ho.
Liz

Learning Stravinsky and Poulenc

posted on behalf of Scott. This email has a corrected link.
Hi EV singers,

Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays.  I’ve been asked to give some idea of the rehearsal schedule, to recommend recordings to listen to, and to inspire you to get preparing!
As I really love this music I’ve taken some real time doing this; perhaps you can indulge me by reading what follows so that we’re all on the same track.
Let me be clear what we’re striving for: a top-class, professional-quality performance — as good as these recordings that I’m describing below.  We’ve tackled more difficult music, but singing as part of with these amazing orchestrations — with the style, accuracy and sheer power required — is not for the faint-hearted.  We must be very tight and very strong!  With only 65 voices we need every single member firing on all cylinders all of the time.
Rehearsal schedule:
Ideally, these are pieces that want to be sung over and over when we are together, without getting too bogged down in the detail, so I’m expecting you all to learn your notes, for the most part, outside of rehearsal.   Yes, I really mean this!  There are lots of easy-to-use learning aids for these pieces and Inga has sent a link for Cyberbass.  In addition, choose a recording or two from the following and listen to them a lot to get the flow of the music in your head.  You will get to love them!
 
On 20 April we will concentrate on pronunciation for both pieces for the first half, and then spend the rest of the rehearsal on the Stravinsky.
On 27 April we will spend the whole rehearsal on Poulenc.
On 4 May will spend the whole rehearsal on Stravinsky.
From then on, I plan to do all the music every week.
Latin pronunciation:  We will be singing in a French vernacular style for both pieces.  We are very lucky to have a true expert here in Nicole to coach us, and she will be giving us in-depth instruction on 20 April.
 
Recordings and performance issues: 
For the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, there are many really good ones out there, and Stravinsky is so clear about his intentions in the score that there isn’t a huge deal of difference in top-quality recorded performances.  For the really interested, check out the recordings by Pierre Boulez/Berlin Phil, Leonard Bernstein/London Philharmonic, and especially Robert Craft (Stravinsky’s right-hand man).  They are excellent, and sometimes a little crisper than:
the one that is my benchmark–I can’t get past it–Stravinsky’s own 1961 studio recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Choir.  It’s got so much personality!  I’ve got the complete recordings of Stravinsky (with him, and later Craft, conducting) in a boxed set and I always consult the composer when in doubt.  Having said that, I have noticed that Stravinsky gradually sped up his performances over the years, as did almost everyone else (remember, this piece was originally done in the 1930s).  But this one is close to the original marked tempos–many other conductors were going faster by now.  He know how it goes.
For trainspotters, here’s an excellent little article about the piece and its recordings: https://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/jan/21/symphony-guide-stravinsky-symphony-of-psalms
and the same writer, Tom Service, presents a one-hour BBC Radio 3 programme “Discovering Music” about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yzvds
For the Poulenc Gloria, things are much murkier.  Poulenc didn’t conduct, so it’s harder to know his intentions.  Almost no one accurately follows the printed tempo indications in the score, and conductors have generally sped up the “faster” passage over the years, adding to the frivolity but subtracting from the grandeur.  You have large and smaller choirs and orchestras, some conductors leading toward the more sparkling and some toward the more devout, crisper or smoother style, etc, etc.  Which Latin pronunciation to use? It’s a bit of a minefield.
So, I’m not going to recommend any particular recording as a model, and I’ve decided to discover our own performance for ourselves. But here are some to learn from:
The piece was premiered in Boston (like the Stravinsky), so it’s hard to know what style Latin pronunciation Poulenc desired (if any) when conceiving it — my hunch is that the Boston choir sang with the same pronunciation they would use regularly, in spite of being led by a wonderful French conductor (Charles Munch).  You can actually listen to that first concert performance. But wow–some of it is really is slow and ponderous, even slower than Poulenc’s markings, which are already quite stately.  It sounds too ernest — too much of a big important occasion — to me now. But — and this is a big but — you have to feel for the meaning that someone like Munch attributed to a work like this.  He persevered in Paris, like Poulenc, through the war and sheltered musicians from the Nazis, after all.  A “Gloria” meant something to them that we can only imagine. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OhDCXFYU2k
The first actual recording was done by Georges Prêtre in Paris (in 1961, same year as Stravinsky recorded his Psalms in New York), with Poulenc attending, so probably closest to achieving what the composer intended at the time.  This is a historic recording which has really grown on me.  It is slower that most that came after it (but still faster than Poulenc’s tempo indications) but seems really right in its intentions.  You’ve got to hear it! It’s on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/poulenc-gloria-concerto-pour/id767788043. Wow! is it really honest and vibrant.
The first movement is also on Spotify: (Poulenc Gloria 1961 Digital Remaster, Georges Prêtre).
The same conductor recorded it again in 1985, and it has now gotten noticeably faster, but without feeling rushed.  I have a feeling that over time he had felt that as the world became familiar with the piece that it could flow more without losing its grandeur.  Perhaps this is the one which may be closest to what we’ll arrive at, though I will do my darndest to make the (seemingly slow) printed tempos work before letting them creep up.  Hopefully it will evolve naturally, and as we’re a smaller choir than on this recording, we will be crisper and tighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wdbj1jkdGo
Two more recent recordings will probably feel most engaging to your ears:
Stephen Layton / Polyphony –a bright, energetic sound from a 65-voice choir — more “impressive” than “devout”: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67623
Richard Hickox / City of London Sinfonia —  an all-around pleasing performance and lovely sounding recording, with modest, generally accepted tempos: http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/3251578,5099992827226/red-line-poulenc-gloria-stabat-mater
Happy listening and learning!
 
Cheers
Scott

Summer term and the 2017-18 season!

posted on behalf of Liz

Dear all,
Sorry it’s taken me a while to get this email out, but anyway, here are the details about the coming term, and the plans outlined for the next season (2017-18).
Summer programme:
POULENC AND STRAVINSKY (and some orchestral Stravinsky and Ravel!)
Saturday 10th June, St Pancras church on Euston Road, with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. 
 
– We had a look at our two pieces – Poulenc’s Gloria and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms – at the last rehearsal before this Easter break, but we begin rehearsals properly on Thursday 20th April, which is to say next week.  Please ensure that you have done the basics of note-learning by next Thursday.  The pieces aren’t that hard, in and of themselves, but they’re not especially sight-singable, and we need to use all our rehearsal time productively.   
– There are learning aids for the Poulenc Gloria on Cyberbass, and for the Stravinsky there are midi files here and also here, or you can go to choraline. See also Inga’s email for learning aids, and please read Scott’s wonderful email about the recordings that he suggests we listen to, the history of the pieces and other useful information.  He’s also given us a rehearsal schedule for this coming programme, which will be very useful!
– We’ll be using French Latin pronunciation, and Nicole is going to come and teach that to us next week. 
 
– If you know anyone who’d like to be involved for this programme, they can still join us! We will audition them gently and then extract concession rate ‘termly subs fee’, i.e. £45. Sops, tenors, basses – even the odd alto might be welcome! 
 
 
THE 2017-18 SEASON:
 
Scott outlined plans for the next season of music-making, including both the programmes and a slightly altered way of working.
Here is the proposed season of music:
Autumn concert – CELEBRATING BERNSTEIN, 28 Oct 2017
Christmas concert – Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, 16 Dec 2017*
Spring concert – CELEBRATING GENE PUERLING AND SINGERS UNLIMITED, 3 Mar 2018 – likely with some Guildhall soloists, and with some songs performed by a (Scott-selected) EV Chamber Choir and the rest by the whole choir
Summer concert – Beethoven’s SYMPHONY No 9, plus Mendelssohn’s ‘Psalm 42’, 16 Jun 2018 – again a co-production with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra
We are hoping for a trip abroad, too!
*may involve some fundraising
The rehearsal style:
 
– The new way of working that we are trialling in the coming year entails slightly shorter rehearsal periods, plus a minimum number of rehearsals required in order to perform. Each programme will have 8 rehearsals scheduled, including any Monday evenings and/or awaydays (a full awayday will count as two rehearsals).
– This means a slightly more efficient rehearsal strategy – so scores will be made early, to give time for people to learn their notes before the first rehearsal of each programme. For example, although the autumn term will not start until late September (to prevent it clashing with the exciting autumn HOT production) we will have all the scores before we break for summer.
– Ideally, each section will have a sectional rehearsal before each programme of rehearsals starts, so that we can support each other in learning our notes outside of shared rehearsal time.
– It will be necessary to attend a minimum of 6 rehearsals in order to perform, and it is likely that the final one or two rehearsals before each concert will be ‘performers only’ so that blend, positioning and tone can be worked out.
Please do let me know if any of this feels unclear or concerning – I think it just involves being a bit more organised, on all sides! (In this regard, if there are things you think I should be doing better, please say!)  The hope is that it will allow Scott to shape a result more predictably and will lead to even more consistent, high quality performances – building on the incredible achievements of the past year.
The schedule: 
The final schedule will come out soon.  We’re just waiting to confirm a few details of the schedule (though the concert venues are booked, so those dates are sure).
So, in case it’s helpful, here are some basic draft dates.
Thursday 28th September 2017 – first rehearsal of term
Saturday 30th September 2017 – awayday
Monday 23rd October 2017 – non-Thurs rehearsal!
Thursday 26th Octoner 2017 – final rehearsal for Autumn concert
Saturday 28th October 2017 – Autumn concert (Bernstein etc – see below)
Thursday 2nd November 2017 – first rehearsal of Christmas programme
Monday 11th December 2017 – non-Thurs rehearsal!
Thursday 14th December 2017 – final rehearsal for Christmas concert
Saturday 16th December 2017 – Christmas concert (Bach)
Thursday 18th January 2018 – first rehearsal of spring programme
Saturday 20th January 2018 – awayday
Monday 26th February 2018 – non-Thurs rehearsal!
Thursday 1st March 2018 – final rehearsal for spring concert
Saturday 3rd March 2018 – Gene Puerling/Singers Unlimited concert
Thursday 26th April 2018 – probably first rehearsal of summer programme
Thursday 14th June 2018 – final rehearsal for summer concert
Saturday 16th June 2018 – Beethoven and Mendelssohn concert (see below)
Concert details: 
Autumn                       Celebrating Bernstein
 
Bernstein  Chichester Psalms                                                        19′
Brahms    Liebeslieder Waltzes (selections)                                 10′
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music                                           13′
 
Stroman       3 Songs                                                                        15′
            All the World’s a Stage (Shakespeare)                                     
            Rousseau Words (Roussou)                                                    
            So Hallowed and So Gracious is the Time (Shakespeare)                               
Bernstein   West Side Story Suite                                                   20′
 
 
Christmas                  
Bach Christmas Oratorio (abridged)        
             with the City Bach Society, if finances can be squared
 
 
Spring                        
Jazz Voices–celebrating Gene Puerling and Singers Unlimited with  Eclectic Voices, EV Chamber Singers, Guildhall Jazz Singers,  and instrumentalists
 
 
Summer (w/orch)       
Voices and Orchestra
Mendelssohn  Psalm 42 (choir and soprano solo)             23′
Beethoven       Symphony No.9 (choir and solo quartet)    60′
 
See all o’ y’all next week.
Have a wonderful long weekend – HAPPY EASTER!!
Liz 

Islington Sings

Sunday 19th March: HYC 20th Anniversary event
Christ Church Highbury
To support our lovely youth choirs, and their brilliant directors

Rehearsal – 2:00-2:35
Event – 3:00, with tea afterwards.   Conductor Helen Smee.
Dress – black, with optional spring flower accessories/ buttonholes/ jewellery.  Bring black folders.

RepertoireSansa kroma, Helele Mama, the Tallis Canon, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, Now Is The Cool of The Day, Soon and Very Soon, Coming and Going.
[Learning aids: words for Sansa kroma, Tallis Canon, Soon and Very Soon  – see the relevant page under Resources]

Please let Sue Stevens know if you can help with setting up / serving tea / clearing up, and if you are bringing a tea or biscuit donation.
Download the flyer HYS_20thEFLYER.

 

Tuesday 21st March: Islington Sings festival
Islington Assembly Halls
(Upper Street – entrance at side of Town Hall)

To show we’re better than all the rest, and maybe lure in some new members who agree!

Rehearsal – 5:30-6:30 (us and other choirs in turn)
Event – 7:30 (doors open 7pm), ends about 9:30. Tickets £8. Conductor Marie-Claude.
Dress – blingy black. Bring black folders.

RepertoireMy Love is Like a Red Red Rose, Dana Dana*, Bogoroditse Devo, Jede Sedlak Do Mlejna, and I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel…
[Learning aids: words, pronunciation help and audio lines for Dana Dana; words, score and audio guides for I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel. Please see the relevant pages under Resources on this site.]

Please do engage with other singers and audience members while there, to make connections and find our new members! Also – invite friends to come – it is cheap, it will be fun, and there’s not much else happening on a Tuesday.
Download the  Islington Sings Choirs Concert 2017 flyer

*Dana Dana – If I’m right, Marie-Claude has suggested doing the first 4 verses, and repeating verses 2, 3, and 4. She also suggests  there are a couple of mistakes in the score that we have: ALTI: bar 5 should be E flat not natural, and bar 13 should be E natural not flat.  SOP 2: sing a B natural in the last 2 bars instead of a top G.

Music sales

from Inga
Dear EVers,
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.
Next Thursday I’ll be selling the scores for our summer concert on Saturday, 10th June.
We’ll be singing Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms”.
The cost is £14 for the Poulenc and £7 for the Stravinsky; so £21 in total.
Please bring the exact money to rehearsal as change is very limited.
I’ll be selling the scores in the tea break – not before – so the rehearsal can start on time.
It would be very helpful, if some people could get their tea first and others could get their scores first. That way – and with the correct money in hand – I can serve everyone during our break and you can get your scores as well as your tea.
There are plenty of scores available so nobody will walk away without one.
But please be reminded that this will be your only chance to get your hands on the scores before we start rehearsing the pieces on 30th as there is no rehearsal on 23rd.
Many thanks for your cooperation!
Inga
EV Librarian

Recording of AIC concert

Hi all

I made a recording of the concert at AIC. Files are behind this link.

American Church concert

Enjoy listening to the concert all over again, from the point of view of an audience member just behind Scott!

Normal rules: we haven’t paid our professional instrumentalists for the right to record, so it’s not for distribution. Unless it’s a cappella, and  you wrote or arranged that bit.  (Peter and Marie-Claude, feel free to publish your bits!)

Andrew

Tonight, next week, 19th, 21st, 30th…. and on into the distant reaches of space-time.

On behalf of Liz
Hello everybodies,
I’m helpfully re-sending Claire’s email from the weekend, so that you can remember to print out the music she shared!  We’ll be looking at this tonight, along with other things, to prepare for the HYS/HYC 20th Anniversary concert on Sunday 19th and the Islington Sings festival (details below)  on Tuesday 21st.
Re HYC celebration – as Sarah said, it’s going to be on Sunday 19th at 3pm for an hour, and people who want to are welcome to bring cakes and biscuits to share afterwards.  More details about this one to follow soon (including dress code, etc). Volunteers are sought to perform tea duty.  Kimonos unnecessary. 
We know now that at the Islington Sings festival we’ll be singing ‘My Luve Is Like a Red Red Rose’ plus a medley of Eastern European songs – so bring your folk booklet tonight – and we’ll also be singing a Pete Churchill arrangement of Nina Simone’s song I WIsh I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free. That’s what’s attached here.  There are also mp3s for individual parts, which I will have to dig out and send separately, since I can’t find them on my laptop…!
A belated ‘Yay!’ from me about the concert last week.  I thought we did brilliantly, and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!!
By the way, we start rehearsing the material for the summer concert on March 30th (there’s then a two week break and term starts again on 20th April).  You’ll recall that we’re singing Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Poulenc’s Gloria.  We’re looking for extra singers to swell our ranks for this concert, as for the Beethoven last year – not so much in the alto range (surprise) but very much in the tenor and bass range*, so if you know anyone who you think would enjoy singing with us for this one programme, even if they don’t want to commit to a choir longer term, please talk to me or your section rep!!
Liz x
*sops – you’re borderline… in so many ways 😉





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Phew Friday night was a lot of fun.  Well done to those who solo..ed.  Star quality, all of you!!  My friends loved it the variety and felt very entertained.  Even some EV diehard chorale audience were seen tapping there feet!
And so we go on with our next performance at ‘Islington Sings’ on Tuesday 21st March.
The event brings together nine local choirs who sing 2 songs individually and then all of us will sing ‘I wish knew how it would be to be free’.  This is an arrangement by Pete Churchill, so you may be familiar with it.  EV will sing a medley of our Eastern European songs and one other song from our folky book.  Sarah will tel us which on Thursday.
Music is attached as PDF for the sheet music or a Word doc of the lyrics only.  Please print as there will be no extra copies at rehearsal.  Please bring your EV folk book too.
Rehearsal for ‘Islington’ Sings on Thursdays 9th and 16th at Christ Church.  Martie-Claude will conduct us and Sarah Wilkinson will be our accompanist.
Venue – Islington Assembley Rooms, Upper Street  , N1   (The same location as the Registry Office and Town Hall).  Nearest Tube Highbury and Islington.
Time – Rehearsal 5.30pm- 6.30pm (in rotation), group song rehearsal at 6.30pm.  For audience the events starts at 7.30pm and will finish at  about 9.30pm.
Tickets £8 – see EV website  for details and a ticket link
I have committed us to a choir of 38 so please try and make it.  We will be using this as a recruiting drive for EV Bass & Tenor so please support it and grab a new man for EV (ooh er missus, I self-exclude from that bit)
See you Thursday, Jede Pum Pum
Claire

Your dinner on Friday 3rd!

Posted on behalf of Liz
Dear Eclecticas,
You know we’ve got this delicious buffet of food happening at the concert on Friday 3rd, right?
To make it easy for us, and to support the independent traders who’ve agreed to take part in our event, I hope that almost all of us who are singing will eat that food, probably sociably with our audience at 6:30.  Though you can hide in a back room if you want.
It’s only £5 per person, and you’ll be able to choose on the night from a few different dishes – your stomachs are asking, and I will reveal: international flavours including Argentine and Mexican, with both veggie and meaty options.
We’ll be rehearsing from 5pm, so you’ll have to eat at some point, and this is a pretty classy alternative to a Sainsbury’s sandwich or Starbucks muffin.
We need to sort out the quantities in advance, though, so I’ll be taking names tomorrow and Thursday – you can say specifically if you want veggie, and it would be *really* great if you could hand over your dosh this week too.
Please support the food-people!  Please support the food, people.  People the food support, please. [I’m going for a lie-down.]
Please also make sure your friends are coming to enjoy this too.  It’s something quite different, and a bit of a crossover thing, so hopefully it will appeal to whole new sub-sections of your social world! Don;t forget, they need to buy their tickets in advance, via our website (discount link on home-page) in order to be sure of getting the cheaper rates.
Tell tell tell.  Sell sell sell.   Eat eat eat.
And sing.
Liz