The Final (for the Summer) WPS Virtual Rehearsal, 22nd June 2020.

WPS members enjoying their last virtual rehearsal on the 22nd June 2020

Michael Cayton directing our last session for the Summer on the evening of Monday 22nd June.

For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos are now available; Part 1 and Part 2.

MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL (15th June 2020)

Dear All

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.

Michael

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.

Vocal scores

Here are the vocal score extracts with page numbers from the Novello Edition in case people have their own copies.

Sound files

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

Soprano – And the glory of the Lord
Alto – And the glory of the Lord
Tenor – And the glory of the Lord
Bass – And the glory of the Lord

7 – And he shall purify. p35

Soprano – And he shall purify
Soprano – SLOW VERSION FOR SEMIQUAVERS
Alto – And he shall purify
Alto – SLOW VERSION FOR SEMIQUAVERS
Tenor – And he shall purify
Tenor – SLOW VERSION FOR SEMIQUAVERS
Bass – And he shall purify
Bass – SLOW VERSION FOR SEMIQUAVERS

12 – For unto us a child is born. p55

Soprano – For unto us a child is born
Alto – For unto us a child is born
Tenor – For unto us a child is born
Bass – For unto us a child is born

17 – Glory to God. p68

Soprano – Glory to God
Alto – Glory to God
Tenor – Glory to God
Bass – Glory to God

21 – His Yolk is easy. p86

Soprano – His Yolk is easy
Alto – His Yolk is easy
Tenor – His Yolk is easy
Bass – His Yolk is easy

22 – Behold the lamb of God. p91

Soprano – Behold the lamb of God
Alto – Behold the lamb of God
Tenor – Behold the lamb of God
Bass – Behold the lamb of God

24 – Surely he hath borne our stripes. p98

Soprano – Surely he hath borne our griefs
Alto – Surely he hath borne our griefs
Tenor – Surely he hath borne our griefs
Bass – Surely he hath borne our griefs

28 – He trusted in God. p115

Soprano – He trusted in God
Alto – He trusted in God
Tenor – He trusted in God
Bass – He trusted in God

33 – Lift up your heads. p127.

Soprano – Lift up your heads O ye gates
Alto – Lift up your heads O ye gates
Tenor – Lift up your heads O ye gates
Bass – Lift up your heads O ye gates

39 – Their sound is gone out. p151

Soprano – Their sound is gone out
Alto – Their sound is gone out
Tenor – Their sound is gone out
Bass – Their sound is gone out

44 – Hallelujah Chorus. p171

Soprano – Hallelujah Chorus
Alto – Hallelujah Chorus
Tenor – Hallelujah Chorus
Bass – Hallelujah Chorus

46 – Since by man came death. p186

Soprano – Since by man came death
Alto – Since by man came death
Tenor – Since by man came death
Bass – Since by man came death

53 – Worthy is the lamb that was slain. p217

Soprano – Worthy is the lamb that was slain
Alto – Worthy is the lamb that was slain
Tenor – Worthy is the lamb that was slain
Bass – Worthy is the lamb that was slain

53 – Amen. p225

Soprano – Amen
Alto – Amen
Tenor – Amen
Bass – Amen

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.

For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos are now available; Part 1 and Part 2.

Vocal scores

Sound files

Verleih uns Frieden, Soprano
Verleih uns Frieden, Alto
Verleih uns Frieden, Tenor
Verleih uns Frieden, Bass
Mango Walk, Soprano
Mango Walk, Alto
Mango Walk, Tenor
Mango Walk, Bass

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.

Vocal scores

Sound files

Sicut Cervus, Soprano

Note that a replacement soprano sound file (above) was added on 7th Jun 2020.

Sicut Cervus, Alto
Sicut Cervus, Tenor
Sicut Cervus, Bass

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.

For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos for viewing are now available; Part 1 and Part 2.

Vocal scores

Sound files

Ave Verum Corpus, Soprano
Ave Verum Corpus, Alto
Ave Verum Corpus, Tenor
Ave Verum Corpus, Bass
Zum Sanctus, Soprano
Zum Sanctus, Alto
Zum Sanctus, Tenor
Zum Sanctus, Bass

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.

For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos for viewing are now available; Part 1 and Part 2.

Vocal Scores

Sound Files

If Ye Love Me, Soprano
If Ye Love Me, Alto
If Ye Love Me, Tenor
If Ye Love Me, Bass
Geistliches Lied, Soprano
Geistliches Lied, Alto
Geistliches Lied, Tenor
Geistliches Lied, Bass

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.

For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos for viewing are now available; Part 1 and Part 2.

Vocal Scores

Sound Files

Crux Fidelis, Soprano
Crux Fidelis, Alto
Crux Fidelis, Tenor
Crux Fidelis, Bass
Day Oh, Soprano
Day Oh, Alto
Day Oh, Tenor
Day Oh, Bass

Files for the fifth virtual rehearsal, 11th May 2020

For those unable to participate in the live rehearsal using Zoom, two videos for viewing are now available; Part 1 and Part 2.

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

Vocal Scores

Sound Files

Of all the Birds that I do know, Soprano
Of all the Birds that I do know, Alto
Of all the Birds that I do know, Tenor
Of all the Birds that I do know, Bass
Now is the Month of Maying, Soprano
Now is the Month of Maying, Alto
Now is the Month of Maying, Tenor 1
Now is the Month of Maying, Tenor 2
Now is the Month of Maying, Bass

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.

Vocal Scores

Sound Files

Panis Angelicus, Soprano
Panis Angelicus, Alto
Panis Angelicus, Tenor
Panis Angelicus, Bass

Joshua fit the battle, Soprano
Joshua fit the battle, Alto
Joshua fit the battle, Tenor
Joshua fit the battle, Bass

Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Soprano
Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Alto
Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Tenor
Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Bass

Files for the third virtual rehearsal, 27th April 2020

For those unable to participate in the 27th April Zoom rehearsal, video files are now available. Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE

Vocal Scores

Sound files My Spirit Sang All Day

My Spirit Sang All Day, Soprano
My Spirit Sang All Day, Alto
My Spirit Sang All Day, Tenor
My Spirit Sang All Day, Bass

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.

Note that this rehearsal is now available as two videos. Part 1 (Pitoni Cantate Domino) is now available HERE. Part 2 (Campion Never weather-beaten sail) is available HERE

Sound Files Cantate Domino

Cantate Domino, Soprano
Cantate Domino, Alto
Cantate Domino, Tenor
Cantate Domino, Bass
Cantate Domino, Accompaniment

Sound Files Never Weather-Beaten Sail

Never weather-beaten sail, Soprano
Never weather-beaten sail, Alto
Never weather-beaten sail, Tenor
Never weather-beaten sail, Bass
Never weather-beaten sail, Accompaniment

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

Locus Iste, Soprano
Locus Iste, Alto
Locus Iste, Tenor
Locus Iste, Bass
Locus Iste, Accompaniment

Links to SATB sound files for the Hallelujah Chorus

Soprano – Hallelujah Chorus
Alto – Hallelujah Chorus
Tenor – Hallelujah Chorus
Bass – 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.

4 thoughts on “The Final (for the Summer) WPS Virtual Rehearsal, 22nd June 2020.

  1. Thanks Michael and everyone who set this up.It was fun and made a change from singing along to the YouTube Messiah tracks. Best wishes to all.

  2. good to get the vocal chords vibrating again. Next activity to look for Zoom. Makes a change from working in isolation.

  3. Just great to see you Michael and start singing. Looking forward to zoom!!!!
    Brilliant to be able to exercise my vocal chords. I almost feel normal again!

  4. Wonderful to see every one again as I missed most rehearsals after Christmas for non-COVID reasons.You are all looking good! Thank youj Michael, it was great to sing again although a little odd not hearing anyone else, just the piano accompaniment. Just as well, as we must have sounded like a cachophony of cats! I regret that something else has now cropped up for me for Mondays which I must attend (just imagine: a clash of Zoom meetings!) so I wish you much fun for future meetings and look forward to hearing recordings of future rehearsals………

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