Singing in isolation

We are living through unusual times, and it’s not clear at the moment when choir will reassemble.

One thing we can do in our isolation is to keep singing at home! Thanks to David, our Music Director, for sending some singing exercises and pieces of music for us to practise. It’s good to see him each week.

We’d also like to thank Kevin, our accompanist, for recording some short piano and organ pieces to cheer us up.

We have also started suggesting a piece from our recent repertoire that we can all sing from home at choir time – 7.30pm on a Wednesday. This also gives us an excuse to exchange messages. We’re compiling a montage of pictures of us each singing from home – so send in your picture, if you’d like to be included! Scroll down to the bottom to see our singers gallery.

WEEK 7

David’s video this week is about the best posture for singing.

Our singing piece for Wednesday 27th May. Parry’s Blest pair of Sirens – bringing back memories of a lovely concert in St Mary’s Warwick, last July.

Kevin is playing ‘All the things you are‘ on the piano this week.

WEEK 6

‘Ups and downs’ with David.

A rousing piece to sing on Wednesday 29th May! The last time we sang Mozart’s Requiem was November 2017, when we were accompanied by Kevin (Gill) and Stephen Hargeaves on the piano.

Listen to Kevin playing Elgar’s Chanson de Matin on the organ.

WEEK 5

A mathematical ‘knees up’ from David this week.

The work we will be singing at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th May is Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via. This beautiful work will bring back lots of memories for BFCS singers. We sang it on tour in Romania in 2019, and Slovenia in 2006. What other performances can you remember?

Kevin’s performance this week is ‘Dearly Beloved’ on the piano.

WEEK 4

David is trilling and hedge trimming this week!

Here’s is the piece which we’ll be singing from home at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th May.

What memories does it bring back for you? Singing in the lovely collegiate church of St Mary in Warwick last July – or maybe in Bran Castle (“Dracula’s Castle”) in Transylvania last May?

An organ piece from Kevin for you to enjoy this week.

Andantino in Db by Le Mare.

WEEK 3

Sitting and standing with Bonnie.

Here is the Kyrie from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, which we enjoyed singing so much last term, and planned to sing on 28th March 2020. Some of us also have happy memories of singing it in the Adrian Boult Hall in 2010. You might like to sing it for your enjoyment during the next week.

If you wish to join in, we invite you to sing it at home at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th April. BFCS might not be able to physically meet together at the moment, but we will be singing together in spirit!

Thanks to Kevin who has sent us this recording of ‘Pick Yourself Up’ to lift the spirits!

WEEK 2

Vocal arithmetic.

A vocal exercise in Mental agility

WEEK 1

Our online exercise class begins…

David’s video on singing vowels

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