It was great to be back at Choir last night – singing is one thing I really miss when Anne and I are travelling. And I was reminded last night just how lovely is the whole of Vivaldi’s Gloria – not just the rather hackneyed first movement, but the whole piece. It is wonderful to both to sing and to listen to.
A curious co-incidence happened on our travels. My best man of fifty years ago and I do not get together very often, but we managed it on this trip – a delightful lunch in a Georgian house within the precincts of Ely Cathedral. Chris is a really good singer, a rare and valuable first tenor, unlike my middling baritone, and he has sung with a number of prestigious choirs in his time, including the City of Birmingham Choir under Simon Rattle.
Chris now sings with the Stamford Choral Society. We always compare singing notes when we meet up and this time was no different. I asked him what SCS were singing at the moment, and he replied that they were starting a summer break, but that they had had a concert the previous week. So then I asked what they had sung. The reply was the Vivaldi Gloria, the Pergolesi Magnificat and some Bach motets. “Snap!” I retorted, especially when one of the motets turned out to be “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.”
It would be good to have Chris join MWC for this next concert – I did invite him but, as he pointed out, he would hardly be home from one rehearsal before it was time to set off for the next!