Exploring the fun to be had in mixing imitative counterpoint with alcohol. As heard on BBC Radio 3's The Choir & Organ.
Author: 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.
…then PDtP 9 would be a ‘clip show‘; i.e. a re-cap of many of your favourite numbers from previous sessions.*
I’d love to claim that this is by design – some of the absolute belters that we’ve sung deserve a second airing, of course – but it’s actually down to the fact that I have run out of time to research new numbers.
Over the coming days I’ll post reminders of some of the great numbers that may be making a reappearance so feel free to drop a comment highlighting any that you would really, really like to be on the set-list.
*If it were a TV series then I bet it would have a really cool opening title sequence as well, with explosions and helicopters and beautiful people sipping cocktails at a Los Angeles pool party, all to the soundtrack of My Bonny Lass She Smileth.
Apologies for the radio silence but a busy week plus serious website problems conspired to keep me off-line.
Website issues persist still (how unlucky am I with technical problems? First FB and now WP!) but I can at least post now; hope to have the Follow via e-mail functionality back up and running soon.
What a wonderful night we had last Monday! Great to have had the perfect combo of new faces and old hands.
Highlights for me were April is in My Mistress’ Face and Christe Jesu, Pastor Bone but you all will have had your favourites (and least favourites too, no doubt); feel free to comment on them below.
Next session details are here, including our brand new poster (I am going to start giving masterclasses in how to produce mediocre publicity materials using just Microsoft Word).
PDtP sessions are now listed on Eventbrite so you can sign up to them just like many of you used to via FB. Of course you don’t have to do this – it’s a drop-in music night after all – but if you do then it’s a handy way for me to get an idea of voice numbers, which in turn helps when planning the rep for the night.
Thanks again to you all for your continuing support and I look forward to seeing many of you at the next PDtP.
Just a reminder that we will be recording excerpts and taking pictures at tonight’s PDtP for possible inclusion in R3’s Meet My Choir, so please bear this in mind in case you are worried that Interpol might catch up with you as a result.
As Bach chorales are usually a staple of the sessions (they should be a staple of all singing events at all times and I include The X-Factor in this assertion), I am chucking the final chorale of BWV10 back in the mix.
Some of you will remember it from PDtP 6 and it really is the most brilliant 50 seconds of choral music you could wish for – simultaneously archaic and utterly fresh, a pure pleasure across all 4 parts.
…but just in case you did need a prod, we are going to be recording some segments that we hope may be used on a future Meet My Choir, a regular segment of Radio 3’s The Choir programme.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch, presenter of The Choir, came along to the March PDtP and was kind enough to suggest that we submit a recording and some info for her programme.
OK, so we are technically not a choir, but the programme is about celebrating singing in all its forms and so our unusual event might be of interest to the British public.
Once again, there is no guarantee that we will make it on to the programme but it would be nice to give it a try; I am really hoping for a nice, big sound for a brief recording so please do come and bring your singing pals with you!