Michael Cayton directing our last session for the Summer on the evening of Monday 22nd June.
MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL (15th June 2020)
Since the lockdown, the choir has continued rehearsing each week over Zoom and we have managed to find a good formula that works for everybody. I understand how strange and unnerving it is to sing alone to a rather strange sounding piano accompaniment and we now have the ability to stream tracks to sing along to.
Each session begins with a warm up, we listen to a recording of a piece of music which we then work on, concluding with a performance to the recording.
I should like to invite you to join us for our final rehearsal before we break for the summer.
On our final session (22ndJune) we will be singing choruses from Messiah.
I do hope you will be able to join us for this. I promise it will be fun.
Do look after yourselves and I hope to see you soon.
Files for the eleventh (and final) virtual rehearsal 22nd June 2020
Our final virtual rehearsal for the Summer was a sing through of as many choruses as possible from Handel’s The Messiah.
Here are the vocal score extracts with page numbers from the Novello Edition in case people have their own copies.
These are normal audio tracks from Midi files with your part played by a midi saxophone sound.
4 – And the glory of the Lord. p11
7 – And he shall purify. p35
12 – For unto us a child is born. p55
17 – Glory to God. p68
21 – His Yolk is easy. p86
22 – Behold the lamb of God. p91
24 – Surely he hath borne our stripes. p98
28 – He trusted in God. p115
33 – Lift up your heads. p127.
39 – Their sound is gone out. p151
44 – Hallelujah Chorus. p171
46 – Since by man came death. p186
53 – Worthy is the lamb that was slain. p217
53 – Amen. p225
Files for the tenth virtual rehearsal 15th June 2020
This exploration, lead by Michael Cayton, looked at Verleih uns Frieden by Felix Mendelsohhn (1809-1847), Mango Walk (arranged by Andrew Campling), Satin Doll words Jonny Mercer, music Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn.
Files for the ninth virtual rehearsal, 8th June 2020
Michael Cayton lead us in a musical exploration of Sicut Cervus by Giovanni Palestrina (1525-1594), Kookaburra by Marion Sinclair in an arrangement by Andrew Campling, Come Fly With Me by Sammy Cahn – James van Heusen.
For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos are now available; Part 1 and Part 2. Please note that for reasons of copyright, the rehearsal of Kookaburra has had to be omitted from the 2nd video.
Note that a replacement soprano sound file (above) was added on 7th Jun 2020.
Files for the eighth virtual rehearsal, 1st June 2020
Michael explored a setting of Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd (1543-1623), Zum Sanctus by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Fly me to the Moon by Bart Howard.
Files for the seventh virtual rehearsal, 25th May 2020
Michael lead us through If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis, Geistliches Lied by Johannes Brahms and Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Thomas Waller & Harry Brooks.
Files for the sixth virtual rehearsal, 18th May 2020
Michael lead us in singing Crux Fidelis supposedly by John IV, King of Portugal; All the things you are, Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein and Day Oh! a calypso arranged by Andrew Campling.
Files for the fifth virtual rehearsal, 11th May 2020
Following on from this rehearsal many thanks to Annie Kent for the following response (Relates to Of all the Birds that I do know by John Bartlet):
Of all the ear-worms that I have had
Philip the sparrow is really bad
I wake in the night singing its song
I might wring its neck before too long.
All day long it sings in my ear
My sanity’s at risk I fear.
I’ve tried God save the Queen and that doesn’t stop it.
I’m afraid that bird will just have to cop it!
Joking apart am really loving the on line rehearsals thanks to everyone particularly Michael who makes it so interesting. Hope to see you all in person before too long. Best wishes and thanks to all
Annie Kent x
Files for the fourth virtual rehearsal, 4th May 2020
Unfortunately there was a technical problem with video-recording the rehearsal on the 4th May and there is no recording available. Our apologies for this.
Files for the third virtual rehearsal, 27th April 2020
Sound files My Spirit Sang All Day
Files for the Second Virtual Rehearsal, Monday 20th April 2020
Michael rehearsed two pieces: Cantate Domino by Giuseppe Pitoni (1657 – 1743), and Never weather-beaten sail by Thomas Campion (1567-1620). The links for the SATB sound files are below.
Sound Files Cantate Domino
Sound Files Never Weather-Beaten Sail
Files for the First Virtual Rehearsal, Monday 13th April 2020
Following on from the success of the sample choir practice in March, our musical director Michael Cayton is going to attempt to use ZOOM to hold a virtual choir rehearsal on the evening of Monday 13th April opening at 7:20pm for a start at our usual time of 7:30pm. All WPS members are invited to join in. To find out how to use Zoom, click/tap HERE to access the Zoom website where there is some good simple guidance.
The link to join the rehearsal was notified to members by email on Wednesday the 8th April.
Michael’s plan is to start with Bruckner’s Locus Iste, a well known and very beautiful anthem which we can work on. Then we will try to sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. Resources for each work are available for download (printing) and listening in the links below.
SATB sound files for Locus Iste
Links to SATB sound files for the Hallelujah Chorus
Sample Choir Practice (uploaded 27th March 2020)
With all rehearsals cancelled until further notice, Michael Cayton (WPS Musical Director) has recorded a sample virtual choir practice to cheer us up and keep us in good voice. Everyone is welcome to join this which lasts about 12 minutes. More may follow.
Before taking part, please download and print the four pages of the song Get On the Bus! he has chosen for us so you can participate fully in this fun practice (a better quality PDF added at 19:45 30th March).
All downloaded and printed? Then hop on the bus and click/tap this link to start Michaels’ choir practice.