Practice tracks – the idea is to make your part promintent. So playing the track for your part you’ll hear your line in the center, picked out with a piano voicing, while the other parts are rendered in the voices of synthesized angels, off to the sides and softer.
For an overall view of the picece, the SATB track has all parts evenly balanced and in piano voicing.
Who would have thought so little activity could lead to so much happening, even as so much is being called off?
Block 3, cancelled
With our “small groups method” we managed to squeeze in four nice rehearsals during our current Block, but lockdowns have played havoc with us and the Steering Group considers that there are slim prospects of restrictions easing sufficiently to allow any more face-to-face singing in this Block. So, we’ve cancelled the remaining sessions up to and including Wednesday 15th Sept.
Block 4, not scheduled … yet
At this stage we’re leaving Block 4 (from the end of Sept up to Christmas) unscheduled and we’ll wait to see how the lockdowns look leading into October, and we’ll let you know as soon as we know, etc.
The Flexible Choir
With the virus and lockdowns messing with our best laid plans we realise that we have to be flexible in our approach to our group activities, and the real aim of our efforts now are to maintain the continuity of the Choir and work to that point a few weeks or months from now when most of us are fully vaxxed and the dangers of the virus have receded. At that time we want to be able to pop out of our burrows at speed and get properly singing once more.
Zooming the Choir
As something to bridge the gap from now until we resume we’ll be running zoom sessions each Wednesday. These are not as a replacement for real choir, Alicia considers them to be more like what happens during tea break – a way to discuss the repertoire and keep it in mind, some rehearsal singing with mute turned on, swapping news, talking about music generally and simply keeping in touch. There’s no obligation for anyone to attend these zoomings (which are non-billable items, ie. no choir fees attached), but the two zooms we’ve had so far have been good fun and have served to keep our voices and heads going in the right direction. There’ll be weekly emails going out with the zoom session details that will allow you to login at the Wednesday time slot, so if you’ve a mind to drop in for some chat, please do.
Simon, Virginia, Alicia, Sue & Barry \\\\\\\\\\\\////\\\
Small group for Tenor/Bass no choir this week for Soprano/Alto
Lockdown thankfully has lifted on cue, but with restrictions on the size of gatherings. This week we’re able to have a small group, and it’s now the turn of Tenor/Bass to receive Wendy’s ‘focus’ treatment.
Tenor/Bass only this week, at the usual time
No choir this week for Soprano/Alto
We’ll be monitoring things over the next few days and will let everyone know ASAP about what’s happening next week.
rgds Simon – for the Steering Group \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\/\\\
It is great to be back singing and lovely to be working on new songs together with old numbers. The new way of the steering group attending to Mainesong logistics (bank account, venue hire, registrations etc. and hiring Wendy as musical director) seems to be going well. Thanks everyone!