A Postcard for Lent

A Postcard for Lent

There is no way in the English language (that I know of) to offer greetings at the start of Lent. Happy Ash Wednesday! doesn’t sound quite right. And yet we are entering a period of the year in which choral musicians – whether they are of a faith or not – have the...
Advent for Choral Singers: from A to O

Advent for Choral Singers: from A to O

Choral singers have to pace themselves during Advent. For sopranos, it’s those descants you have to watch out for; and for us baritones, you’ve got to take it easy on the top Es in ‘Hark the herald’. Too much enthusiasm early on in the season – combined with a surfeit...
IN MEMORIAM: The Choral Season of Remembrance

IN MEMORIAM: The Choral Season of Remembrance

 We are entering a season of Remembrance, book-ended by All Souls’ Day and Remembrance Sunday. There is barely a choir in Cambridge that isn’t currently preparing one of Fauré, Duruflé or Victoria’s Requiems; and organists are busily setting registrations for what is,...
If you liked that, you’ll love this …

If you liked that, you’ll love this …

As a way of warming up to our Singing Retreat repertoire, here are a few suggestions for choral pieces you might like to listen to by the same composers…. Christopher Tye We are going to be singing Omnes gentes, Tye’s setting of the psalm ‘O clap your hands...
The Happy Anniversary of Josquin Des Prez

The Happy Anniversary of Josquin Des Prez

Record companies and concert promoters love names. The problem with so much early music is that so much of it is by ‘Anon’, and there is no greater dampener to music sales than the mention of ‘Anon’. Whether it be contemporary recorded albums or 16th century motet...