Well, if you took part in the Continue reading Proud of yourselves?
and we certainly went at the jollity full tilt this last couple of weeks!
Following the hollytastic PDtP Xmas session at the beginning, of December, some of us were able to enjoy Continue reading ‘Tis the season to be jolly
…and the Polyphony Down the Pub London Christmas Special is the most wonderful of all our sessions!
It takes place on Monday December 4th and booking goes live Continue reading It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
It’s been months in the planning but I can now confirm that PDtP April 3rd will be our very first session dedicated solely to one composer – and of course it had to be Tomás Luis de Victoria.
I’m so excited about an all-Victoria session I can hardly blink, so I hope you’ll be joining me for a night of music by possibly the greatest composer of the 16th century.
As always, pre-registration via this link is essential. The first booking period goes live tomorrow at 9am (Saturday March 25th), with more spaces released at 5pm on Friday March 31st.
(I say first booking period; actually, Facebook followers got the chance to grab a space yesterday. If you’re annoyed that you missed out on the exclusive window, like/follow our Facebook page so that you don’t get annoyed in future.)
If you guys are suffering from a post-Christmas blow-out, it hasn’t shown! We’ve had a couple of great nights of singing so far, which makes me think it’s going to be another great year.
Last week we enjoyed a cracker of a PDtP session, even if the texts to some of the works were the source of some mirth:
Highlights of the night were definitely Kirbye‘s Alas! What hope of speeding, the Kyrie from Victoria‘s 4-part Requiem, Giovanelli‘s O salutaris hostia & Stoltzer‘s O admirabile commercium, though a personal favourite was BWV277: only 16 bars in length but with depths unfathomable.
Gluttons for punishment were afforded another boozy singing opportunity less than a week later, with our first Counterpint in the Cafe of 2017:
(Christina’s photos turned out much better than mine…)
Again, many hits of the evening, but stand-outs were Brito‘s Circumdederunt me and Zielinski‘s Vox in Rama.
Thanks to all who came along and made them such fun nights.
Counterpint in the Cafe will be back in Feb. too so all in all, there’s a lot going on!
Thanks for your continuing support and hope to see you soon.
Our friends in the Lisson Grove Choir are desperately looking for a bass or two to sing with them at tonight’s carol service and Midnight Mass, following a last-minute cancellation from one of their regulars.
They’ll be singing some really great stuff, including Palestrina‘s double-choir Missa Hodie Christus natus est and Videte miraculum by Tallis, along with some Willaert and Lassus, plus more up-to-date numbers from Poulenc and MacMillan.
(I would be joining them myself but I have no voice following our Christmas Counterpint blow-out on Thursday.)
Rehearsal is at 8.30pm, carols at 10.45pm and mass starts at 11.30pm. They’re a friendly bunch of singers so if you are a confident bass and can help them out then get in touch with them via this link or drop me a line below with your e-mail/mobile details and I’ll pass them on.
Address: Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Road, London, NW8 8LA