We made good progress with the Nightingale song tonight. It’s in four parts and beautifully arranged by choir member, Alex. The script is rather complex though and I suspect that even those amongst us who have a good understanding of sheet music welcomed the little reminder Angela gave us about recognising where we need to turn back and repeat some of the music but with different words. The musical repeat symbols mark the start and the finish of these sections. This means we can reduce the number of pages used, but it’s still possible to have a slightly different ending second time round.
The repeat marks are quite far apart in this piece and there were a couple of rather confused expressions and some page-flicking until Angela explained this musical notation technique; I’m sure it will ‘click’ for everyone by the end of the next practise.
The Oak-lahoma! section of the Rodgers and Hammerstein medley was also a ‘runaway success ‘ – everyone seems to be really enjoying learning this one, although it will be a while yet before we are ready to perform it in public. Which reminds me – don’t forget about Angela’s concert on 7th June (see the previous post for details)!