Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Sell Out

Adolf's debut with the South West Opera Co took place on Sunday afternoon at the Anglican Cathedral which is possessed of excellent acoustics.  Family members who asked whether they could buy tickets were told, don't worry, you can buy them at the door.  Just as well they arrived early.  It was sold out.

The event wasn't recorded so I'm unable to inflict it on readers, however by comments related to me second hand, it was pretty good for a bunch of amateur singers.  (First hand comments are always positive.  People are far too polite.)

My recollection is that we practiced for about fifty hours during the preceding two months.  The nineteen piece orchestra sounded pretty ropy at times during practice, especially the violins, but on the day they all got it together and performed superbly.

All in all, a pleasant experience.  It's over twenty years since I was part of a big choir.  Is forty-eight voices big?  I think so. 

The programme included:-

Hodeo Christus Natus Est                 Owalabi
Pleni Sunt Coeli                                Liebergen
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring               Bach
For Unto Us A Child Is Born           Handel
Angels From The Realms                Forrest
Western European Carol Suite         Hayes
He watching Over Israel                  Mendellsohn
Hark The Herald Angel                   Forrest
Little Drummer Boy                        Hayes
Eastern European Carol Suite         Hayes
Do You Hear What I hear               Simeone
O Holy Night                                  Clausen
Hallelujah Chorus                           Handel

Too bad for all the fundamentalist atheists.  They don't know not what they are missing out on.


The Veteran said...

Well done Adolf. Glad it went well. Mrs Veteran was once a voice in the Liverpool Choral Society under the batten of Sir Malcolm Sargent. The Veteran NOT.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Thank you Vet. I really do hope it was his baton.

The Veteran said...

Adolf ... as in batten them (to do better) with his baton.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You will correct me if I'm wrong but the great Sargent would only carry a baton if he were conducting in a major key? (Sorry if that's a bit obtuse!)

The Veteran said...

Adolf ... you have me there. All I know is that Mrs Vet said ‘he’ was a very hard taskmaster

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It was an all too oblique reference to Seargents Major who carry batons.

David said...

Too bad for all the fundamentalist atheists. They don't know not what they are missing out on.

My mistake, I thought that anyone could appreciate art, not just the xtians.

Oh well, I guess I'll have to stop admiring paintings, listening to music, and reading books. All I'll be able to read is The Bible. Oh, hang on, that's the book that made me a non art appreciating atheist.:-)

Anonymous said...

Sgt majors carry pace sticks not Batons.....still 100% wrong on everything.


Anonymous said...

David ..'The Bible. Oh, hang on, that's the book that made me a non art appreciating atheist.'

I was just wondering if there was a particular passage of that scripture that tipped you over.