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Practise Makes Perfect



Or another take. We are what we do. Success is not an act but a habit. Aristotle


A quick lesson in our warm up tonight with counting 1 to 8 up and down the scale.  Second time round we missed out number 4.  Not easy to remember not say the number, but it helps you to keep your composure if you do make a mistake.  Just pretend it didn’t happen and pick up the sequence when you can. This way you learn not to highlight any errors that may be made when singing in a concert.

 

If you don’t make it obvious, no one will notice (apart from Eamonn!)

 

Let's unchain this Melody and set it free!

We revisited Unchained Melody and went over the part from the key change.  Sops. especially, be ready for the high note on ‘mine’. Know it is coming and be prepared.  You’ve already sung the same note previously with ‘do so’

 

Keep ‘touch’ and ‘much’ fairly short.  After a little practise they were fabulous!

 

God Only Knows when we arrived at the Do, do do and Ba ba ba section it was disastrous to begin with.  However, we had done our homework and with a little extra help from Elliot, we were able to perfect it!

 



After a well earned break, we came back to The Rose (2024). This is a song written by Amanda McBroomBette Midler made the song famous when she recorded it for her 1979 film The Rose, in which it plays during the closing credits.

 

However, the song was not written for the movie: Amanda McBroom wrote it in 1977 or 1978, and I sang it occasionally in clubs. She believes the song struck a universal nerve because it's a message of hope that's very easily understandable.

 

There are other versions sung by Westlife, The Dubliners and The Hothouse Flowers as well as

The King’s Singers who performed an amazing a cappella version of The Rose

 

In our version, the Sops start, but with very little accompaniment underneath they are very exposed, so it is important to listen to each other and keep together.

 

The middle section crescendos to very loud and then immediately goes to very, very quiet.  Be prepared for this great contrast.  When it does get quiet, the tempo doesn’t change, so don’t slow down.

 



Allie Sherlock's voice is just timeless! We finished by tightening up The House of the Rising Sun, by just going through the tricky parts this little bit of practise put us in a good place with it.

 



Some good work was done and next week we can impress Eamonn with all we have learned and we will iron out any areas where Tenors and Basses sing.  Beware, basses, you may not always have the tune!




Trillers on a Perch











The Moonwalkers- Sue Jensen


Showing at the “Lightroom” in Kings Cross. 

I enjoyed this spectacular immersive voyage to the moon.  

I felt quite emotional afterwards. 


Tom Hanks co-wrote and narrates this epic experience that offers a unique new experience on humankind's past and voyages to the moon. Telling the stories of the Apollo missions in intimate detail.


There are newly filmed interviews between Hanks and the astronauts of the current Artemis programme providing an insight into the return of the crewed surface missions by going behind the scenes of the Artemis programme. Lightroom's powerful projection and audio technology will transform the immense space into vehicle for a spectacular immersive voyager to our closest neighbour.



First Moon Walk




 

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