Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sorry I've been a bit slow with the updates, my December was crazy busy - in a good way, lots of lovely real-life events going on.
December is always a busy period for choirs, there's something very nostalgic and 'right' about hearing carols sung in 4 parts, and this December was also busy for the Chorale. Carol singing in Bradford and in Haworth were enjoyed by all who managed to make it (unfortunately, I wasn't among them), and the Christmas Concert was a great success.
I'll confess to being a bit nervous beforehand, the rehearsal had gone really well and we'd breezed through everything, which is always a bit of a worry. It might sound strange, but I'd rather that mistakes were made and sorted out in the rehearsal, so that the concert goes without a hitch.
I needn't have worried though, the choir sang really well, the audience were in fine voice in the congregational carols and the readings were well received. I particularly liked the ones about the fourth wise man (who may have arrived late, but brought practical gifts such as a voucher for nappy-washing) and the Yorkshire Messiah, about a Yorkshireman who goes to a Messiah performance, but can't understand why all the singers seem so fond of sheep. Alex Woodrow, who was accompanying the Chorale again, was on fine form, and many members of the audience commented how much they had enjoyed the evening.
Rehearsals for the next concert start on Tuesday and includes Mozart's Missa Solemnis - I've listened to it a few times now (starting early :-) ) and I'm looking forward to starting proper rehearsals on it. As ever, if you'd like to join us, we rehearse on Tuesday evenings, 7.30-9.30, Northcliffe Church, Shipley.