We’ll be singing with the world renowned Halle orchestra at the third Drivetime concert. It’s becoming an annual celebration, now already in the printed catalogue for 2014.
This will be my third time of becoming just a tiny part of the vibration that’s set up when we make music.
Challenging? You bet it is. I don’t rehearse at other times with a choir and each piece we’ve done has been a stretch for me. Especially this year as we’ve striven with a new piece. We’re the world premiere for composer Steve Pickett who has set a Byron poem called We Strive for the Stars.(part of Childe Harold)
What an honour and we’ll do our very best for him.
The words are inspirational about going above our mortal state and reaching for something better.
It’s always a challenge to sing any piece but when you’re singing a piece that’s new to everyone, orchestra, conductor, choir master and singers the challenge is doubled.
Today it became clearer to me, not because suddenly I could reach all the notes but because I read the words as the poem Byron intended.
It’s part of the Childe Harold Pilgrimage which I’ve never read but I understand what he was trying to get at in the words. That in feeling at one with the stars, which Byron describes as the poetry of heaven, we forget if only for a moment that we’re mortal and remember as we know now, that we are actually made of the same material as stardust.
Oh I think the performance on Friday is going to send chills down my spine when we sing it.
Still time to buy a ticket Friday 14th Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 6-7pm