We are performing a compressed version of our programme A TRE which we performed in February and early March. But this time there are just 4 of us, not 5, so that I am singing the alto part on my own. Coming back to the music after a break was rather strange. At first, there were bits which were completely unfamiliar and but some kind soul had annotated them with all sorts of helpful comments (usually COUNT!). Gradually my mind got into gear, the music became more familiar and I realised the kind soul had been myself.
For part 5 of the Byrd Ave Maris Stella, which requires the altos to suddenly turn into 2nd sopranos with a series of repeated top E's and top D's, I have chickened out and borrowed one of our sopranos to sing with me.
Back at home, my study is turning into a print shop as I organise the copies for the choir for my birthday concert. It's a bit tedious at times, as I sit there alternately feeding the printer and doing a little bit of work on the new Magi. But it will be worth it in the end