Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Handel VS Bach - Round Two

Quote of the night from last night's rehearsal "Who would have thought that the Bach would be the 'easy' work on the program".

A good observation from one of my more outspoken altos.

The first rehearsal after the new year was a good one. We managed to tackle all of the hard bits in the 6th movement of the Handel, and are starting to make good music on the 5th movement of the Bach. We have a full weekend retreat ahead of us here now, three hours on Friday and four on Saturday. My hope is that by the end of the retreat on Saturday afternoon we should be able to run through all the movements at a fairly good tempo. There is still a long way to go before they become "music" yet, but at least we do have five more Monday rehearsals.

My concern at this point is when will be the time that we "peak" - and will that happen too soon, or not soon enough?

However, if last night's rehearsal was any indication of the focus and determination that the choir possesses to achieve the results we want on this program, then it should be a fun month!

Now ... if only I could shake this nasty cold!

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