Tuesday 5 September 2006


This week is the last one of holiday freedom before the new season starts in earnest. On Monday my choir, London Concord Singers starts rehearsing for their 40th Anniversary concert on Nov. 18th. The programme includes a new work of mine, specially written for the occasion Ursi Carmina (Bear Songs). I've tried to circumvent the usual first night nerves which the first rehearsal of a piece engenders, by having a run through at my house in the summer; let's see if it works!

On Friday week we're off to British Youth Opera who are doing a short season of operas at the Peacock Theatre. We're seeing Eugene Onegin. Then on Saturday 16th September we're dashing down to Hampshire to see Pimlico Opera at Grange Park. Its the start of Pimlico's annual autumn tour when they take one of the Grange Park Opera productions on a tour of small scale venues. This time its The Barber of Seville; Ptolomy Christie's production debuted at Grange Park's offshoot at Nevill Holt in the Summer. It will be strange to be at Northington Grange out of season, but we are looking forward to the production immensely.

Then further into September comes the Royal Opera's concert performances of Halevy's La Juive at the Barbican (can't wait!). Plus Canon Vincent Berry's final service at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Cadogan Street, Chelsea, where I sing at the Latin Mass, when we will be singing my motet Exaudi which I wrote for the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Canon Berry's ordination.

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