Compliments of the season to you all

Last night we had a rollicking time at our final singing shindig of 2016, the Counterpint in the Cafe Christmas Special.

It was great to see so many of you willing to give up an evening just before Christmas to squeeze into Travelling Through’s cafe for our seasonal singalong! Just about everything we tried proved to be a hit and I am very glad that we are putting Gumpelzhaimer‘s music back in the spotlight where it belongs!

Other top numbers were the arrangements of In Dulci Jubilo by Paminger, Gesius and Bach (long-time PDtP followers will know that I have a deep and abiding love for this carol), Palestrina‘s utterly charming Alma Redemptoris Mater, the grandiose Omnes de Saba venient by Gallus and the smashing Viderunt omnes by everyone’s favourite new discovery Zieleński.

I was very grateful to you for indulging me in some traditional carols as well – Silent Night and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear were particularly lovely. 

Thanks to all who came and generously donated to the collection for St Mungo’s – we raised an impressive £140  – and of course thanks again to Travelling Through for hosting us.

Before I sign off, I want to let you know that it’s worth tuning into Radio 3’s The Choir at 3.45pm on Christmas Day

They’ll be celebrating 100 editions of the Meet My Choir segment and they have included Polyphony Down the Pub as one of their highlights.

It’s of course a great honour to be included in their Christmas programme for the second year running and it’s a fitting tribute to you all for making this crazy singing club such a success.

By the way, listen out too for the Mind & Soul Choir‘s inspiring story – we’re hoping we can link up with them for a session in the New Year.

That’s it for the moment – I’ll be in touch again next week for the obligatory Review of the Year, plus some thoughts on the question whither PDtP?; in the meantime, have a restful, a peaceful and above all a tuneful Christmas!






Now, I know you don’t need any more of a reason to come along to the next PDtP…

…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.

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(You see? SM-P really was there!)

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!

Here’s a reminder of the details of the next session on April 13th.