Posts Tagged: choir

Choir interlude

Half the choir is on holiday, at conferences, visiting family abroad — Choirmistress for one, and also A who directs when Choirmistress isn’t there, and Regular Bass, and Trainee Tenor’s alto wife. But we have E, who is here for six months as an exchange student from Belgium (an alto), and J, a bass, who

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Competence panic

I’ve been handling the choir again for three Sundays while Fr T and Choirmistress were on holiday. The first Sunday it was hard because the visiting priest fell ill, making for a very chaotic service and several unnerving-the-choir moments (but in the altar Fr Deacon R rescued what he could, and I had two reassuring

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Dress for success

Fr T being on holiday, we had Fr J, whose own parish has services only fortnightly so he was free this weekend. I like Fr J a lot– he celebrates with joy and exuberance, which makes up for the fact that he lacks Fr T’s precision. Choirmistress (who is Fr T’s wife) was on holiday

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Sunday of the Forefathers

The sisters from St. Elisabeth’s Convent in Minsk, who come every year with a van full of icons and church supplies and craft objects, had their choir with them. Six men from different parishes who give concerts of church and folk music to raise money for the convent. They’d been invited to sing the Liturgy

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Unwanted compliments

I had a rather embarrassing experience Saturday night. Choirmistress couldn’t make it so I was on my own– Prima, who has just rejoined the choir after a far too busy year, was at a church youth event, and most other people never come on a Saturday night. This is exhausting because there’s never any pause,

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Off to choir

Just found an email in my wastebin (oops! forgot to whitelist the new instance of the choir mailing list) saying that whoever isn’t at choir practice tonight won’t be allowed to sing in the Easter service. Not that I was planning not to be at practice tonight! But I wonder how many people won’t turn

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