Notes from Rehearsal with Carolyn – 4/2/20

Published on February 6, 2020,

Dear Choir Member,

We had a 75% turnout at last night’s choir rehearsal. For the 24 members who couldn’t make it, here are the highlights…..

Carolyn is back from New Zealand. Some of the Basses planned to perform a Hakka in traditional Maori costume to honour her return but it was too cold for loin cloths and the spectacle has been postponed ‘til the warmer weather. Speaking of cold, apologies for the arctic microclimate in St Lawrence’s, especially in the back rows of Tunes and Altos. The Parish office is aware of the problem and has booked a heating engineer to sort it out. In the meantime we are asked not to fiddle with the heating controls! Put on a few layers when you come next week, just in case the issue persists.

After  a squeaky top G in the warm-up we rehearsed:

Love Carry Me Home

by Peggy Seeger (sister to Pete Seeger and wife of Ewan MacColl), arranged in four parts by Peter Amidon “with a funky Alto part”. Here are some notes:

  1. Delete the first “me” in the second line of the lyrics, so that the line reads, “”When I cry in my sleep, Love call me home”
  2. In the first line “carry me” is a dotted rhythm in all parts and in all verses.
    [The original email contains notation which cannot be easily copied into this post]

John Barleycorn

Traditional. A few notes:

  1. Melodically, lines 1, 2 and 4 of each verse are identical
  2. The second line of the chorus is marked rit. In the score (=ritardando, slow down). Carolyn’s advice is to “milk it” with a modest ritardando in the first and second chorus and a big one in the third (last) chorus.

No sound files for these songs yet. I’ll let you know when they are posted to Current Sound and Lyric Files on our website.


And finally a note from Carolyn about last night and next week:


So lovely to be back listening to those glorious harmonies!

As I have said on numerous occasions, I have the best job in the world.

But I did struggle with keeping awake while driving home!!

Feeling a little bit guilty about pushing the choir so hard with two new songs in one rehearsal.

However they were superb as always. And this term is perfect for learning new material with no pressure of a concert.

Next week we will reinforce John Barleycorn and Love Call Me Home, going through the other verses.

We will also tackle Only You which we started some time ago.

Later in the week, I will send through a list of familiar songs which we can revise for a concert in the summer term.

Thank everyone for their hard work and commitment!

Carolyn X


That’s it. I’ll pass on any other messages from Carolyn before our next rehearsal….

Best wishes,

Denis Gibson

Membership Secretary

Winchester Community Choir

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