If you enjoy singing with the main choir and feel like stretching yourself to perform more challenging repertoire, do consider joining Barts Chamber Choir. Rehearsals focus on the interpretation of the music, the sound of the choir and developing the overall performance. There are normally 5-6 rehearsals for each concert and you are expected to learn your part in your own time before the first rehearsal.
To join, you must pass a straightforward singing test. The purpose is to assess your tone, basic intonation and rhythm, to confirm your voice part, and to ensure a good blend of voices. The test will last about five minutes and can be taken either by Ivor, Katie, or a guest conductor who has been engaged to direct the concert. During the test you will be asked to sing a short piece of music of your own choosing and maybe to do a few exercises such as sight-reading, repeating a phrase or singing scales, arpeggios or intervals.
The next concert, O Radiant Dawn, will be on Saturday 23 November, conducted by Katie Thomas.
Magalhaes, Missa O Soberana Luz: Kyrie & Gloria
MacMillan, O Radiand Dawn
Tallis O nata lux
Rutter, Hymn to the Creator of Light
Whitacre, Lux Arumque
Gjeilo, Northern Lights
Elgar, Lux aeterna (Nimrod).
The rehearsal dates are all Thursdays, as follows: 3, 10, 31 October and 7, 14, 21 November.