No, I'm not going to go on about the snow. It is what it is. The fact is that I'm in a warm room and happy to stay that way until overseeing Schola Cantorum auditions, going to the Trustees' meeting and then rehearsal after. That's not until 5pm or so, so I'll enjoy my time in the warm while it lasts.
The first Illumina rehearsal the other day was fantastic! We managed to sing through the ENTIRETY of the Bach Mass in B Minor *and* work on some in some detail - I *knew* this ensemble would be something special, and that we could do all of that in one rehearsal makes me really excited.
Now, regarding concert prep...
Chats with the recording technician are proving very productive - we're already chatting logistics of the day, and the planning is going really quite smoothly.
We have had a stroke of luck in that we have been able to expand *both* the Tenor and Bass sections with consummate ease - this will be of great benefit to the overall sound, will help the overall stamina of the choir, and proved that Solomon and I had made a sound call on that front.
The orchestra fixing is also going relatively well - it's filling out nicely, and I'm really looking forward to working with them on my solo arias in a few weeks time!
I'll be starting rehearsals with St.Peter's College Chapel Choir this week, where I'll be in Chorus II for my Matthew Passion appearance with them (I love singing both solo and chorus in the same concert - that's how I baroque and roll!).
It turns out that I didn't have a nasty cold - it was full blown viral bronchitis (so, all the disease with none of the medicines, apart from the usual cold and flu remedies really - not much help really), which wasn't at all pleasant. My voice (my falsetto in particular) is still rather delicate, but I'm building my strength back, and I should be back up to full strength in about a week or so.
Right, I think that's all for now - I'm going to go and enjoy breakfast and a cup of tea to really kick off my day...
Freelance countertenor, recently graduated from the University of Oxford and a Choral Scholar at Truro Cathedral. Here, there are updates on various projects and my musings on music, philosophy, and on life in general, all laid bare for your perusal, reading pleasure and comment. Enjoy!