Thursday, July 30, 2009 Y 1:09 AM
Practice this sat as usual - 10am @ AJChoir Room. Pls remember to bring along your scores for the two new songs (for those who brought them home) and let us all try to be there on time,yea? Cya!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Y 6:20 PM
So last week we listened to the Brits. This week we'll look at a choir a little closer to home. When i was younger i was really inspired by a Filipino choir who's conductor was a member of this group. They are quite simply one of the best choirs in the world and are two time winners of the European Grand Prix, whichi i believe to be so prestigious its not in Musica Mundi (haha). Not that what you win defines how good you are la. And of course, Circle of Life, Pasigin, Pamugun, Pok Pok Alimpako and so many others are arrangements or compositions by their members or composed for them.
So the unique thing about them is that they sing seated down, and that they don't have a conventional conductor. Instead the conductor, in this case the great Mark Carpio, sits at the left edge and conducts with body language. I will publicly admit that sometimes i listen to them and i cry shamelessly in front of my computer. Haha but i'm just gonna give you, as agreed, 1 pop arrangement, 1 classical and 1 bonus one for all the Queen fans among you. (Or lack thereof perhaps.) The first is Riverer le Stelle, We Beheld The Stars. The video is from the Grand Prix and was the winning performance. Its a bit long but its rewarding to listen to. They only have about 20+ people i think, didn't count, and this piece is written for two SATB choirs so there you are. The second is MJ's Man in the Mirror and the bonus track is Queen's Love of My Life. In case you're wondering, the soloist for the third video is Mark Carpio himself. That means yes its a guy.
Here we go, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, fondly known as Madz.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Y 2:55 AM
Updates: Choir Practice this sat, 25th July @ AJChoir Room, 10am to 1pm. Those people who think they will be late, practice is from 9.30am to 1pm. Will be doing new songs from Mark.
Cya all on Sat!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Y 11:26 PM
Okay as promised i'm gonna upload some videos for you over the course of the season. This is not school don't worry so just enjoy them and if you feel like do leave a comment or two.
I'll start the ball rolling for a couple of weeks or so and after that hopefully we can rotate so everyone can contribute something cool and there'll be a lot of diversity there.
So this week i thought i'd introduce to you my favourite choral group and if they ever came to Singapore i'd cue overnight for tickets. The King's Singers started in the '60s and have undegone many changes in personnel without ever affecting the sound and the chosen 6 always put up a good show. Important to note the way they sing. It isn't just a great sound that's coming out of their mouths but the way their ENTIRE BODY is singing from face to feet. They sing an extremely diverse range of songs so do explore more if you like their music and i'm sure you will.
Their philosophy has always been to have songs that will please audiences and also songs that will educate audiences so i've chosen two very different pieces for you this week. The first is something you might have done before, "Short People" and the second is "Si Ch'io Vorrei Morire". Their done 26 years apart by two generations of King's Singers. And the third video is a very helpful and entertaining one about singing! Hope you enjoy them!
Sunday, July 19, 2009 Y 9:36 AM
Hi people, LT here...
Some upcoming choir performances that caught my attention while idling around online:
Love Notes - NJ Chorale (the alumni of NJChoir, apparently)
Date/Time: 31 July 2009, 7.30pm
Venue: Young Musician's Society Auditorium
Ticket Price: $12
The Voices of Lisbon Chamber Choir
Date/Time: 8 Aug 09, 5 pm
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
Ticket Price: Stall: $28, Circle: $35
10% Discount for Students, Senior Citizens & NSmen
15% Discount for PAssion Card Members & STB Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Y 12:22 PM
Concert debrief this coming sat, 18july, 9am @ AJ Choir Room.
For those who can't come, will update u all yea?
Cya all then!
Friday, July 03, 2009 Y 11:57 PM
sorry for the late update... pls note that there's no choir tmr!
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