Exciting news! We are now planning to resume in-person singing at Canton Uniting Church on Wednesday 29 September. The committee have carried out a risk assessment in conjunction with the church and feel that with the right precautions in place – and with a limit of 30 singers at any one time – we can go forward with rehearsing for a concert early in 2022. This concert will feature Fauré’s Requiem among other works.
All current Canton Chorus members will have been contacted by now about the detail of these arrangements; anyone who hasn’t heard yet should contact their part rep.
What we did this summer
On Saturday 31 July 2021 we took our first steps towards post-Covid normality when some 25 members of the choir gathered for an open-air afternoon rehearsal in the grounds of St Catherine’s church, Pontcanna. Stand-in conductor Ben Pinnow led us in some familiar repertoire, with help from accompanist Ben Teague, and we were glad to welcome our recovering music director John Abraham, who sang with the basses and took over the baton for a stirring rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. In John’s words, ‘It was great to hear live harmonies for the first time in eighteen months’.
The choir committee will be considering further plans for getting together following the success of the St Catherine’s afternoon. Watch this space for further developments.
For the first half of 2021 we have been holding fortnightly rehearsals-via-Zoom on alternate Wednesdays. Plus …
On Saturday 20 March we were fortunate to spend two challenging hours with the acclaimed voice trainers Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard in a Zoom vocal workshop. All chorus members who took part have been sent worksheets to help support their ongoing voice improvement (we hope).
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