Possible Cardiff session, plus basses wanted

I’m going to be in Cardiff on Sunday September 25th so I’m wondering if there any PDtP fans based in or around the city who might be up for an afternoon singalong. Or do you have friends in the area who might be interested?

Drop me a line ASAP via the comments box below and we’ll see if we can set something up. (Please share via Facebook & Twitter if you can.)

Also, here’s the link to the booking page for our next PDtP London session on Monday September 19th; registration goes live at 9am September 3rd.

Finally, the excellent Orlando Chamber Choir are currently seeking basses to join them for their current season.

I’ve been to a couple of OCC concerts and I can tell you that they really are the business, so if you’re a bass looking for a friendly choir with some great repertoire then get in touch with them. (Added bonuses – the Orlandos love cake almost as much as we at PDtP love beer and they’re even more eccentric in their concert titles than we are!)








The Consolation of Polyphony

I’ve finally managed to tear myself away from the never-ending news updates to write a quick post.

Clearly the events of the past few days have been utterly momentous and have even felt all-consuming at times. Certainly, I’d be surprised if many of us are feeling particularly at ease right now, whichever way we voted.

In turbulent – & divisive – times such as these, it’s easy to feel unsettled and adrift as we struggle to sort fact from fiction/opinion and try to get a handle on what’s going on and where things are heading.

With all this sense of turmoil and upheaval, it might seem ridiculous to even mention our little pub-singing project. However, it occurs to me that PDtP, more than ever before, might now serve a small but useful purpose. After all, coming together to sing music of incredible richness and beauty in a spirit of fellowship and conviviality won’t be a solution to any of our woes – but I hope it might perhaps take our minds off them for a while.

Therefore, please do come along to our Europe Special on July 11th, when we’ll be celebrating a continent’s worth of Renaissance masterpieces. Booking is open now.

Before that, we will be holding another of our intimate Counterpint in the Cafe sessions at Travelling Through on July 8th. Booking goes live at 9am this Friday (July 1st); please only sign up if you know you can make it, as no-shows or late cancellations seriously upset the balance of voices.

Finally, a reminder that PDtP will be up in Sheffield on Tuesday July 5th; there are some soprano/tenor/bass spots left (altos are all booked up) so do let any South Yorkshire friends know about it.



PDtP 21 scores now ready

Yes, I’m thrilled too.

On the set-list are 2 or 3 previous hits (including 2 double-choir stunners and even a madrigal!), alongside fresh masterpieces from Lassus, Regnart, Verdelot & Palestrina. Some of them are on the tricksy side but that’s OK because you guys laugh in the face of tricksiness.

Oh, and the Bach chorales are back after last month’s absence, which is reason enough to break out the champagne.

You’ll find the scores via the usual link. Just a reminder that the session is fully booked up, with people on the waiting list, so if you have registered are in any way unsure that you’ll be able to make it, please cancel so that someone can take your place.

Final note for tonight – if you have singing friends/family/colleagues/acquaintances in or around Sheffield, do tell them about our special session up there on July 5th. We’ve got a good few signed up already but there’s still room for plenty more so please get the word out via Twitter, Facebook and carrier pigeon.



Tell us what you think

Dear all

Hope you are looking forward to our anniversary celebrations; just under 3 weeks to go!

In a change to our usual way of doing things, I’ll be sending links to the sheet music over the next couple of weeks, starting tomorrow or Friday. The trickiest numbers will be in the first batch, just in case anyone wants to swot up in advance.

Also, as part of the celebrations, I’ll shortly be announcing some possibly exciting news so keep your eyes peeled.

Finally, I’d like to add to our About page some quotations from PDtP regulars about why you come to the sessions, what you get out of them etc. If you would like to share some brief thoughts then please use the comments box at the end of this post or drop me a note via the About page feedback form.



PS Altos are still way ahead in numbers, so Sopranos, Tenors & Basses, sign up now!

Breaking the silence

Hey there, PDtP folk!

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.