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Items by Tony Bridge

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Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
For me, this question means: 'For a choral singer, what is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed?'   The Mozart Ave Verum is in the top five, yes, but for me as a choral singer, Lauridsen is the most wonderful composer for the voice. His 'O Magnum' and 'Ave Maria' are absolutel...
Comment: Re: Concert openers
Stick with Nysted and 'I will Praise Thee, O Lord'   You can see it here conducted by David Crown, our conductor (Reading Phoenix)
Comment: Re: Beethoven 9 go-withs
Professor Lindsay Lafford is now some 96 years old, but he was the Organist and Choir Master at St John's Cathedral, Hong Kong, in 1935 (more fascinating facts here ) SInce about 1995, he has been writing short pieces for The Walbrook Singers, and t...
Comment: Re: Attendance policies for professional musicians who are members of the church
Hi Elizabeth   I'm an amateur singer, but I sing a lot and with several excellent ensembles. I also sing with my local Church Choir, who are a rather mixed bunch of singers. For most of them, this is the only singing they do, but they are totally committed, turning up to every rehearsal and e...
Comment: Re: ChoralNet Needs To Change
I think this Forum is just about right for the subject matter. I certainly don't need thumbs up or bogus titles to make me feel good when I post.   By the way, a nice piece of self-marketing there with the YouTube link ;) - surely most people by now will know the Thumbs feature?
Comment: Re: Famous for a single piece
Interestingly, Boris Ord ('Adam' was indeed his only published work...) was at King's, Cambridge - I believe he started the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols. David Willcocks was one of his students. When Ord left King's to serve as a pilot in the 2nd World War (which he survived) Harold Darke, ...
Comment: Re: 8-part piece for chamber choir
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and private mails! Apologies if I haven't responded personally here, but all suggestions have been noted and investigated!   As Mr Sheets said, this is a rich seam...
Comment: Re: 8-part piece for chamber choir
The Pearsall is in our repertoire, thanks, gorgeous!
Comment: Re: 8-part piece for chamber choir
 Abenlied is in our repertoire, thanks for the YouTube link
Comment: Re: 8-part piece for chamber choir
Kel, particularly like the last of these, also some interesting things on his web site, thanks for the info!
Comment: Re: Need some help with spring concert repertoire
You could have a lot of fun with 'Seaside Rendezvous', an arrangement is published (Kikapust, I seem to remember..)
Comment: Re: 8-part piece for chamber choir
Yes, thank you for that, Thomas, it's beautiful! And would suit single voices...
Forum message: 8-part piece for chamber choir
Hi all;   Any suggestions for music, sacred or secular, ancient or modern, for a choir of 8 people, one to a part (so, SSAATTBB)? About 3-4 minutes duration would be ideal. We'd prefer not to sing scaled-down versions of larger works (yes, I've sung the Hallelujah Chorus with 8 voices, but it...
Comment: Re: Famous for a single piece
Darke wrote several communion Masses (I know Darke in F very well, it's a beautiful setting...) as well as a Mag 'n' Nunc in F, again a lovely setting. They're all very well-known, and probably in use every week somewhere around the world.   To quote John Howell: 'the question measured not th...
Comment: Re: 10-15 minute piece for advanced SSAA group
 Hi Karen, beautiful motets, thanks for posting the link!   My choir has a couple of competitions coming up (BBC Choir of The Year and the Cheltenham (UK) Festival) and these would be great for the ladies (they won their category at the Jersey Festival last year, ...
Comment: Re: Gabrieli
 Thanks chaps  
Forum message: Gabrieli
Hi all:   My choir is getting to grips with Victoria's double-choir 'Alma redemptoris Mater'. Toward the end there is a glorious phrase, 'Gabrielis abore...' (as in the Arch-angel). There are mixed opinions in the choir as to the pronunciation. I think it should be an Italianate (latin-ate?) G-ar-b...
Forum message: Warm up for adult choir
Hi all:   There are several threads here concerning warming up juvenile choirs, but I don't see any regarding warming up an adult choir. Does anyone have recommendations?   We are very technically competent -  but we always spend 10 or 15 minutes having a 'fun' warmup that is nevertheless relevan...
Comment: Re: How great is this piece?
A vote here, too, for The Sea Symphony. It's a great piece for the chorus to sing - some tricky moments, but very uplifting for all concerned, importantly including the audience (I think some of the pieces you've listed would not engage the audience as much as the performers). When we did The Sea Sy...
Comment: Re: Who cares which hand I carry my folder in? (and other silliness)
 It is important how a choir looks: but my choir, the Reading Phoenix (UK), doesn't do the big works, we're more of a competition choir. For our public performances (average of 1 a month...) we sing a wide range of material - and we always enter walking through the audience singing as we go, making...