Re: Lilies KWC Inaugural Performance
--- In KWChoir@yahoogroups.com, "daggett42" <daggett42@...> wrote:
I noticed that you used "annual" which indicates to me that it was a
positive enough experience to DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR....
Yep, I'm planning on doing it again next year, but better. It was an
amazing good time (for me at least, and I hope for everyone else) and
next year we will even have better performance conditions (i.e., not
outdoors by torchlight in a stiff wind- very period, but not the most
condusive of conditions for choral performance :-)
I look forward to seeing everyone back next year and meeting more of
- If you have any spare copies, or just pdfs, I would mind bringing your melody to our far distant land.YiSJuz, from the land of the long white cloudaka Melbourne Australia, come winter.----- Original Message -----From: Bruce RawitchSent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:43 PMSubject: [KWChoir] Lilies KWC Inaugural Performance
Unto the fantastic musicians of the KWC come warm (and exhausted)
greetings from Brice Le Raton, the lucky conductor of the first
annual Lilies Known World Choir.
I want to thank everyone who participated this year in our
performance. Despite some setbacks with performance times and
venues, we were able to accomplish our first performance on Saturday
evening with 20 fantastic singers and put on great show.
Everyone did a great job dealing with the challenges that came up.
The first challenge that came up was a common one. On Wednesday
when I got to the war and we had our first rehearsals, we had 1
bass. Yep, just one. So, in the hopes that we would get a few
more, we went over the treble parts and I had to seriously revaluate
what I wanted to perform. Fortunately, the anchor pieces for the
concert were the Kyrie and Sanctus from the Byrd Mass for 3 voices,
so we were OK with a few more basses there. But the 4 part Arcadelt
and Morley pieces were right out . Panic time for Brice!
I had thrown my back out about 3 weeks prior to the war. (This ended
up working out for the best, sort of) Since I live close enough to
day trip and sleeping on the ground would probably have left me
wishing I were dead, I was going home every night. So Wednesday
night I went home and selected 2 & 3-part music to replace those
pieces, and Thursday lo and behold, I had FIVE basses (really,
really GREAT ones too) come to rehearsal. (Still no tenors
Thursday, Friday and Saturday we had some outstanding and fun
rehearsals, culminating with a performance at the Barony of
Forgotten Sea party Saturday night following the Fireworks show. I
had great apprehensions about performing outside by torchlight, but
it all worked out OK. After we started singing, people started
coming from all over to listen, and we got wonderful audience
response. Several people asked us if we had a recording go
The final program ended up:
Ah, Robyn - Wm. Corynsh
Four Arms, Two Necks, One Wreathing Thomas Weelkes
Je' Nos et Tre Content Certon (2 part chanson for women's voice
Kyrie Mass for 3 Voices - Byrd
Sanctus Mass for 3 Voices Byrd
Not the 6 pieces I had planned on originally, but still a solid
program and a wonderful performance.
We learned some lessons about doing the KWC at Lilies this year.
First lesson is not to depend on the scheduling whims of the Crown.
We were originally scheduled to perform prior to main Court on
Saturday, but the various permutations of weather and Crown whims
demolished that plan. Next year we will have a separate time in the
afternoon that will not be dependent on last minute changes to court
We will also get music out sooner and have things broken out into
rehearsal parts as well.
I am excited about next year! I think we are off to a great start
and will do even bigger and better things in the future.
BTW, for anyone coming to the Kris Kinder Event in December in the
Barony of Forgotten Sea, Calontir (Kansas City), I will be putting
together our annual yuletide performance again this year. I will be
posting music for that here on the KWC site for anyone interested.
Yours in service to music in the known world.
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