Thursday, September 24, 2009 Y 3:35 PM
Same time same place - 10@choir room.
Can't wait to learn the rest of O Magnum Mysterium.
See you there!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Y 2:20 AM
Welcome to the glorious world of Renaissance music! I just did an essay on the Renaissance incidentally but no worries won't bore you guys with the history. Here is Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium sung by the Robert Shaw Singers. It takes a while to get used to sometimes music like this. But once you do its unbeatable! Pop and acapella is fun while it lasts but remember it only is the dessert, all sugary and nice. But what makes you full is the main course, and hardcore choral, once you appreciate it more fully, will satisfy you!
Friday, September 18, 2009 Y 8:08 PM
"If We can propagate this love for singing together,
the lessons we learn in harmonious work will pay off.
We cannot sing... if we do not work together.
And with togetherness, We shall make beautiful music."
excerpt from A Life Shaped by Music.
- dj -
Thursday, September 17, 2009 Y 5:32 PM
Hey people, choir practise as usual at 10 at choir room. see you there!
Sunday, September 13, 2009 Y 10:29 PM
‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don't much care where—’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn't matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
Carroll Lewis, Alice in Wonderland
Do we know where we are going to? I guess this is a question that we – as a choir, had struggled with for more than 3 years. I believe this is an issue way bigger than any individual can answer.
I will try to answer a simpler question - Why am I in the choir?
I have been singing with the choir since 2006, when we first started practising in AMK CC. All we know is that we are a group of people that loves to sing, that enjoys each other’s company, and we have no greater aim except to ‘survive’. Survive to stay active and together despite having no external resources. We believe that we can create something special, and when the time comes for our juniors to join us, there will be a firm(er) foundation that new generations can build on, and carry on singing.
We performed on the hilltop opposite the AMK lib in exchange for a room to sing. We didn’t dare dream that it is possible to have our own concert. But we did. We did it this year.
I sing with this choir because I love the people, people who are intrinsically motivated to be here week after week, with no external rewards like CCA points or fame or glory. This is a place where it is safe to be who you are, with no judgement or prejudice. This does not mean we do not have to be responsible for our actions, but more so because we are accountable to no one except to ourselves.
As we enter the second half of 2009, I urge all our members – old and new, to join us in preparation for our carolling season. We are learning a few new songs. It will be awesome if we learn them together now so that we can quickly teach those members who can only join us during the Christmas season and we can all perform together.
For those of you who are feeling stressed over school and think that you can’t commit because of work overload, think of your Saturday morning as a time to de-stress. A time to laugh in that crazy way that choir people does which may freak out your friends in school. Furthermore, we always break around 3-4 weeks before exam, so you will always have time to prep for your exam.
Which brings to the fact that it is now about week 5/6 in school, which means we will have something like 6/7 practices before the exam break. Come join us for the next few practises and then go full gear and conquer your papers and projects. As a year 4 student with decent grades, I will say that time management and being efficient and effective would allow you to juggle more than a handful of commitments on hand – try doing that, there’s great pleasure in achieving that too.
If you’ve read thus far, I thank you for enduring my ramblings.
At the very core, we are still a bunch people who love to sing, we enjoy each other’s company, and perhaps we are entering survival mode soon.
We have created something special. Let’s hope we can sustain it and grow from strength to strength.
Friday, September 04, 2009 Y 11:34 PM
Prac tml at 10am. Cya all! :)
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