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Rehearsal aids for some of our concerts can be found after the Choir and Concert Notices section below.
Choir and concert notices
To see copies of any of the items below, click on the icon to the right of the item you wish to see.
20 Mar 2017
Choir notes for Monteverdi concert - 25th March in Cadogan Hall
19 Feb 2017
What to put in your emails to friends, family and colleagues.
02 Feb 2017
Tips and ideas how to spread the word about the Monteverdi concert
27 Jan 2017
Tickets for Monteverdi Vespers concert now on sale
06 Jan 2017
New Year Newsletter
14 Dec 2016
Choir notes for Christmas Concert
23 Nov 2016
Christmas Concert 2016 - Running Order
01 Nov 2016
Choir notes for French Gothic concert - 5th November in Southwark Cathedral
25 Sep 2016
Publicity flyer for the French Gothic concert
01 Sep 2016
Season Brochure 2016-17
25 Aug 2016
Summer Newsletter August 2016
As you will have seen from the first rehearsal, the vocal parts written in the Vespers don't match our typical vocal parts or ranges all the time so it is necessary to rejig them in a few places. Neil has issued two sets of vocal allocations - one that designates which SATB vocal part sings which vocal line in the music and the other that distinguishes between the solo & chorus sections. Both items are available here. Click on the two images on the left to download the two documents (one per image) and please make sure you have transferred all the instructions to your copy. In addition to this, there are a few places in No2 (Dixit Dominus) that involves chanting on a single note. Click here or on the image to the right to download the details for these as well.
The Latin text used in the Vespers may not be familiar to you all. Many of the words, yes, but the sequence of them, perhaps not. Richard Simon has found a translation of the text that may help your understanding of it all. Just click here or on the image to the left to download a copy of the useful translation.
Several members have asked about recommended recordings of the work. Neil's selection is as shown below - any one of these will do as they are all equally as good. Click on the one you wish to select and you will be taken directly to the Amazon page for this item should you wish to purchase it directly from Amazon.
John Eliot Gardiner
The Gabrieli Consort
Watch and listen to a performance by the Monteverdi Choir recorded in the Chapelle Royale of the Palais de Versailles in March 2014, fifty years after Sir John Eliot Gardiner founded the choir.
Christmas 2016 - Adeste Fideles
The following sound files may be useful when learning Chris Hutchings' Adeste Fideles, which we will be singing in the Christmas Concert. Chris has created these sound files for us. For each part there are two versions - the first has just that particular voice part playing, the other has it with the other voices playing quietly in the background. Just click on the relevant image to download the associated sound file. Each one is about 3.5MB in size so may take a few seconds to download. You may need to click on the downloaded file for it to play.
The following clips on YouTube may may useful when learning the items planned for the French Gothic concert. Click on the adjacent YouTube icon to open a new window with the clip.
Durufle : Notre Pere
Listen to the words only:
Vierne : Messe Solennelle
Martin : Notre Pere
Poulenc : Exultate Deo
Durufle : Requiem
The following clips on YouTube may may useful when learning the items planned for the Ikons concert. Click on the adjacent YouTube icon to open a new window with the clip.
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 1*
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 2
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 3
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 4**
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 5
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 6
Arvo Pärt : Bogoroditse Devo
Gorecki : Totus Tuus
John Tavener : Svyati
Wood : Hail, Gladdening Light
* Ignore first 45 seconds of the track. You'll hear why!
** Ignore first 10 seconds.
A New Dawn
The following clips on YouTube, Soundcloud and Dropbox may may useful when learning the items planned for the New Dawn concert. Click on the adjacent YouTube or Soundcloud icon to open a new window with the clip. Clicking on the Dropbox icon will open a shared folder containing an audio file for each part (S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2) - please click on the one relevant to you to download the audio file to your computer. These have been created especially for you by Michael Higgins, for which many thanks.