Monday 20 November 2006

Saturday's concert went off very well. A substantial number of ex-members of London Concord Singers joined the choir and orchestra for the concert at St. Giles Cripplegate on Saturday. Contrary to gloomy expectations, when the ex-members joined the current members of the choir to perform Handel's Birthday Ode for Queen Anne we were left with a very, very substantial audience. So substantial in fact, that we had run out of programmes and ran out of wine at the interval; still, if there were going to be problems, they were good problems to have.

Quite a number of former members came along to listen to the concert and it was lovely catching up with everyone. In the first half we gave the premiere of Ursi Carmina my new piece setting poems by Alexander Lenard from his Pooh translation (well worth exploring if you are a Pooh loving Latinist!). The performance went very well and was well received. Friends in the audience were extremely complimentary about the work.

After the concert some 80 of us went to TAS Restaurant in Farringdon for a celebratory meal.

Then on Sunday morning it was business as usual, Lassus Missa Quinti Toni and Palestrina's De Profundis at 11.30am Latin Mass at St. Mary's Church, Cadogan St., Chelsea. Then tonight we start rehearsing for our Christmas concert on Dec 21st - no rest for the wicked!

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