Christmas Concerts, Carols and Practice

When I started this blog I was determined to post regularly. It can’t be that difficult to find something to say I thought, but I fear some of my thoughts are rather abstruse to post here. So here comes a random collection.

It was great to play the Doppler Andante and Rondo with my flautist friends Jenny and Lydia as part of the Grand Central Chorus Christmas concert, also guesting were Gem Connection. Both choirs’ presentation was excellent and they performed from memory with actions – this will be no surprise to those versed in the barbershop world. I thought the arrangements were excellent unlike I’m sad to say some of those I’m called to play elsewhere and the conducting showed how much the music could be shaped with minimal movements.

Music-for-everyone’s Christmas Concert was a lot of fun. The Albert Hall was full and it’s always lovely to see children’s singing. They wore such colourful clothes and when not singing some jigged along with the music. A great reminder that we’re not all the same and that there’s a place for all of us. Our own East of England Singers spots were exposed as we were singing in one long line and I could only hear the sopranos when they got high. An occasion for having the confidence to sing out in faith.

My work on Mozart’s Piano Sonata in D, k576 continues. I am trying a new fingering for some of the arpeggio passages in the 3rd movement which gives better musical results by not breaking the flow and seems to be easier and an article by Graham Fitch has caused me to devise a new practise technique for a troubling section of the 1st movement. Simply break a section into chunks (1/2 a bar in this case), play 1/2 a bar plus a note, rest for 1/2 a bar,then do the next. Seems very obvious but it’s taken me a while to find it.  One never stops learning even if progress is never as fast as one would like.

As you might expect I am playing a lot of carol-events –  5 down, 4 to go at the time of writing.