An Easter Journey to remember
Since my disappearance I have been involved in two great Tallis Vocalis concerts (Tudor Moments: January and A Renaissance Easter Journey: April).
The first was rehearsed and conducted by choir member William Chung. It made a nice change to be singing every week and the music was beautiful: Philips, Taverner (the old one), Sheppard, Parsons, Gibbons, Tomkins and Tallis. We sang in TST's rather lovely St. Andrew's Church. A lovely start to 2016.
Hot on this concert's heels was A Renaissance Easter Journey. I was Chorus Master and the conductor, coming in for the final 3 days, was Geoffrey Webber of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. There were 3 parts from a mass by someone called Hassler (never heard of him before), a zingy new arrangement of Allegri's Miserere by edited by Harry Christophers and Ben Byram-Wigfield plus the incredible setting of the same text by Sir. James Macmillan - a 9 minute beast of a piece that was a petrifying joy to get to grips with. It seems to have hit the spot though as it was the piece that got the most response from audience members afterwards. Gosh, he is a good composer, isn't he?