Mind that alligator!

Which is both clearly a great idea for a family fun game show (remember, you read about it here first) and the reason this review of PDtP 17 is so late – I had to hightail it to Florida the day after the session to look at some of the local wildlife:

Now that I’m back in Blighty, I’ve been reflecting on just how great our Italian Special was.

Standouts were the crunchy goodness of Anerio’s Christus factus est, contrasted with the lovely smoothness of Croce’s O sacrum convivium and of course the expressive richness of Palestrina’s Super flumina Babylonis.

We didn’t do a bad job on the Gesualdo, either, keeping it together despite the tricky bits.

Apologies for the coughing and spluttering (my eyes and nose appeared to be doing their own version of the rivers of Babylon) but I can honestly say that an evening spent singing with you all was an absolute tonic. Well, that and 10 days in the Sunshine State.

Once again, it was great to see so many long-term friends:

as well as meet some new ones:

including Kristine and Laura, two singers from Belfast who just happened to be staying at the Horse and Stables that night and decided to forgo several better options in order to join us; looking forward to setting up PDtP Belfast soon, guys!

And finally on PDTP 17, our antics even attracted the attention of this early music lover – hope to see you at a session soon, Paul.

Looking ahead, quite incredibly, all spaces for PDtP 18 on March 7th are now pretty much taken (there is one alto spot left as I type this).

There are already quite a few people on the waiting list so if you think you may not be able to make it then please give someone else a chance to join in by cancelling your booking via the Log in link in your confirmation email.

For those of you who are disappointed on missing out, I am frantically looking into getting a Counterpint session or 2 in for the end of March; more details to follow but if you’re keen for me to set something up, let me know via the comment box below.




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K O'Neill

I am a classical music enthusiast and a lover of choral music in particular. I run the Polyphony Down the Pub social/singing night, probably the most thrilling singing-Renaissance-motets-in-the-backroom-of-a-pub experience you could ever hope to have.

6 thoughts on “Mind that alligator!”

  1. A couple of friends and I have just come across this, and think it’s a wonderful idea! We were very much hoping to be able to go on the 7th and were very disappointed to see it’s already booked up…so will eagerly await the announcement of the next session, and hope we can make it to that!


  2. Hi Kevin. I can’t make the next PDTP, so will look out for Counterpint dates if not on a Tuesday which is regular Octavian Singers night.


  3. VERY keen to join another Counterpint sessions as I’ve unavoidably had to miss both Feb and March PDtP dates. My preference is for somewhere central and I’ll be signing up as soon as a Counterpint date is posted. Celia, alto


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