Summer singing


Let’s have another attempt at a post about singing, shall we?

This weekend I performed at a garden party along with eight others from my operatic society.  The sun couldn’t be bothered to shine very much until the garden party was over, but a good time was had by all, and our vocal cords were given a good work-out.  Singing with a small group was good fun, and the rehearsals were nicely balanced between being laid-back and managing to get everything done.  You can hear the overall effect so much more easily in a small ensemble, as the people singing the other parts are right next to you.  This makes dynamics (volume) easier to play with, as you can balance your voice with those of your neighbours, creating lovely swells and fading away much more effectively than a chorus of 50 can fade and swell!

We sung a variety of pieces, mostly as an ensemble, but with some solos, duets and so on scattered throughout.  The average age of the audience meant that our selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, plus the gorgeous ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man’ from Show Boat were received particularly well.  Of the solos, the woman who sang ‘Summertime’ was astounding.  I contributed Chicago‘s ‘Mister Cellophane’, a favourite song for me as it gets the audience on your side, and you can really work with your nerves, as the character starts the song in a fairly shaky way.

As ever with such things, I was very nervous, but as ever I’m glad that I did it.  As we sung the final chord of ‘As Long As I Have Music’, a warm glow came over me.  Music is a great gift, and it’s so much better when it’s shared!

  1. Ah, I love Mister Cellophane. In fact, I love all the songs you mentioned. Do you have yourself online somewhere that we could hear you?

  2. Certainly not! The very idea of my voice floating around in cyber-space is enough to give me the heebie-jeebies. If I do commit my voice to some form of permanence, I will mention it here, but at the moment, I can only be heard live.

    • Claire
    • July 11th, 2006

    Ahhh, the concert/garden party sounds great. I am envious! (Sorry!). Once I’ve passed my driving test (and got a car, obviously, not sure how I’m going to manage that) one of the first things I’m going to do is join a choir.

  3. Well, I for one would love to hear you sing.

    So there.

  4. Oh, dear… I really don’t have the technology, even if I had the inclination! Even if I do find a way to do such a strange thing, it will definitely be audio only!

    You could all cross your fingers really hard next time I have an audition for a show, and if I get a meaty part, organise a trip to see if librarians really can sing (and dance!)… That would be a tad expensive for those of you from London/Seville etc, though.

    I’ve got another concert on 5th August, which was booked purely on how impressed someone was with our performance at the garden party. They want this concert to be longer, so we need to seek some more material pretty darn quickly.

    You’ll be most disappointed if I manage to get my warbling on-line – I’m no Mario Lanza!

  5. Pish and tosh! I’m sure you sing wonderfully. So there! *waves to Ag*

    Can’t someone take a short video of you on their digital camera? Mudhooks is always doing this with musician friends of hers and posting them on her blog. Check out:

    http://wordpress.com/blog/2006/06/30/post-videos-from-grouper/

    Sounds rather easy-peasy to me . . .

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