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Although our resident MD, Eamonn O’Dwyer is busy with Brief Encounter and Beauty and the Beast, he still found time to find us a temporary MD for the next two weeks in Laurence Stannard.

A good warm up with some challenging tongue twisters had us all ready to sing some of Eamonn’s beautiful arrangements beginning with The Logical Song. Not only lots of words, but very small print in the music. Laurence went through the individual parts gradually building up to the whole song. This was followed by Only You with the tenors and altos doing the backing with “Ba das”. While they were practicing their parts, the sopranos waited patiently and listened. It sounded absolutely spine tinglingly wonderful!

Just before the break we started Sing Out, a good old favourite of our choir, which bought back memories of our time doing a pop-up session at St Pancras Station on a battered old piano and an audience of eclectic people. However, to newer members, this was a totally new song to be learned.

After our tea/coffee/wine break we resumed and went through the rest of Sing Out putting a lot of emphasis on loud and soft and long and short notes. A good reminder for all of us.

The evening was ended with us singing all three songs standing up and “From The Top”. Laurence looked very pleased and will be back next week to tackle Mr Blue Sky, a song we haven’t sung together in person. Watch this space!

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Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Tonight, a mini concert as tradition does dictate

A little mini poem with which to celebrate

It is Elliot’s last night with us, so after a run through

We had our wine and tea break, then we knew just what to do

Perform all the songs we’ve learnt so well over the past few weeks

That we’ve practiced and perfected with some extra little tweaks

Ensure we get expression, hang on to notes so long

Don’t forget to leave ever longer gaps in the Sound of Silence song

A Crazy Little Thing Called Love was fun, who is part one or two?

An encore with the Fields of Gold our confidence just grew.

Our audience was very small; well it only consisted of one

As in Elliot who will know how well the special performance was done

We made him smile and heard him applaud, we really felt so proud

Our biggest gathering for a long time singing together strong and loud.

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Last night was Elliot’s penultimate evening with us and he took us through three more wonderful arrangements. Elliot with the amazing Georgia Louise, who 'for one night only' joined In Flagrante for our Christmas concert in 2019. Georgia has recently been playing lead roles in the West End and on tour, including Sandy in 'Grease' and Sophie in 'Mama Mia

We started with The Sound of Silence, a Simon & Garfunkel song. In some ways it is more challenging to sing a well-known song as we all tend to sing it in our own way, but a choir has to learn to sing with the same phrasing that has been arranged especially for us. It is critical to get us all to finish at the same time when words end in ‘s’. The song builds up gradually with the verses having longer and longer gaps in them, so a lot of counting is needed as well as a lot of breath to sing!

Vincent, by Don McLean was next. Another beautiful, gentle song. Here the tenors could shine with them mainly having the tune (a very rare occurrence) with the first verse unaccompanied by any other voices. The altos and sopranos joined in later. Even on the second verse the tenors had the tune and the soprano ones sang their oohs, while the second sopranos had a surprise and sang the second alto oohs. It did cause a little confusion, but Elliot soon led them through the piece and we were all in harmony.

A short break for tea, coffee or wine and a social gathering to catch up on each other’s news then back to finish Vincent and then move to Scarborough Fair. This starts with the sopranos with the altos joining in the second verse and building up with the tenors adding their depth and strength, patiently waiting until the third verse.

We have all been advised to listen the tracks in Dropbox to practice for our mini concert next week that we are performing for an audience of one; Elliot. He will know if we don’t get it quite right! No pressure!

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