Dear Choir members
Remember that you are this universe, and this universe is you!
Joy Harjo, Native American writer
Here we are at Week 13, our final week before the summer holidays!
I have really enjoyed writing these rehearsal notes and trying to keep in touch with you all. I hope that you are, and will continue, to survive these difficult days until we can meet again and make wonderful music!
A lovely thing happened recently! I was a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the early seventies but I shared a house with a whole load of geophysicists who were doing PhDs at Imperial College, as it happened. They went on to find jobs all over the world and most have settled and retired in far flung places including Perth, (Australia), Victoria, (Vancouver Island), Austin (Texas), Nova Scotia, N Ireland and London. One of them, originally from Keighley, Yorkshire, but now living in Austin, arranged a zoom meeting for us all on Friday. It was amazing! Some of us had not met since student days! The delights of modern technology!
One positive outcome from this virus might be that more people are able to work from home, via zoom meetings etc. thereby saving time, money and the planet!
So continue with your physical warm ups and vocal 4 notes up and down scales to different vowel sounds. If you don’t have time or inclination for warm ups, then remember to start off gently.
The round this week is possibly the earliest surviving English song dating back to the 13th century.
Round: Sumer is icumin’ in
Sumer is icumen in, lude sing cucu
Groweth sede and bloweth mead and springs the wood anew
Yow now bleteth after lamb, loweth after calve cu
Bullock starteth, buck now verteth, merrye sing cu-cu.
Cu-cu, cu-cu, well singest thou cu-cu, nor swick tha naver nu!
Peppers coming along nicely; peas ready; strawberries finished for now;
lettuces delicious and colourful; courgettes, carrots and potatoes in abundance! And lots more root vegetables coming along ready for autumn.
Hope you all enjoyed learning or revising ‘The Rose, the Rue’.
This week’s song is familiar to all but I thought we could remember the times when we have sung together in harmony and enjoy a good sing! I have done a multitrack version for you all to sing along to. I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to all your website managers who do a fantastic job of loading all these sound files and rehearsal notes onto the websites.
New Song: Unison in Harmony
We had our wonderful family reunion on Sunday! It is so delightful to be able to get together again with the people you love most in the world.
Grandchildren have been round in our garden eating the peas and carrots like there’s no tomorrow! I will definitely have to expand the veg garden to plant more next year to keep up with their voracious appetites. Gannets!
At the end of this week’s rehearsal notes again I have included a list of the rounds and songs we have covered during this lockdown period so lots to draw upon when we resume; now numbering 11 rounds and 15 songs in total!
So have a lovely summer break and who knows! We may be able to meet in person in September! Here’s hoping! As always stay safe and well!
Carolyn 6 July 2020
Welcome the summer
Come follow follow
Hey Ho to the greenwood
Spring shall surely come again
Now all the woods are waking
As I me walked
Let in the spring
Laughing over the world
Sumer is i’ cumin’ in
The Bonny Hawthorn
Brand New Day
Bushes and Briars
Cuckoo in April
Hal an Tow
Rise the Lark
Good Morning Lords and Ladies
The Woodford May song
Rose in June
Down the Lane
The Rose, the Rue
Unison in Harmony