Another singing day specifically for Alumni attracted some twenty singers ranging from founder members through to recent leavers – but sadly only two men.
Held firstly in the hall at St. Joan’s Conference Centre (a dry acoustic perfectly suited to speech rather than singing - but with wonderful facilities!), for the longer afternoon session the group moved a few hundred yards into the hall of St. Polycarp’s School where the singing ambience was found to be somewhat easier and where they were joined by piano accompanist Julia Freeman.
With one eye firmly on the Maltings Gala Concert performance in June, the group began by rehearsing two contrasting songs, an arrangement of the Spiritual Steal Away by Ken Burton and Musical Risotto by Jonathan Willcocks (a fun setting of almost every Italian musical term in the book).
The final session was devoted to a sing-through of Vivaldi’s magnificent Gloria.
The group runs independently from FYC, with its own organising committee, and is self-funded. The committee always welcomes new members, ideas for repertoire or comments about membership. Please e-mail Phoebe Gardiner.