After many weeks of rehearsal in 2018/19 we finally made it to the Tabard Inn at Southwark to join Chaucer’s Pilgrims as they set out for Canterbury.After many weeks of rehearsal in 2018/19 we finally made it to the Tabard Inn at Southwark to join Chaucer’s Pilgrims as they set out for Canterbury.
After many weeks of rehearsal in 2018/19 we finally made it to the Tabard Inn at Southwark to join Chaucer’s Pilgrims as they set out for Canterbury.
We joined the Canterbury Pilgrims After many weeks of rehearsal in 2018/19 we finally made it to the Tabard Inn at Southwark to join Chaucer’s Pilgrims as they set out for Canterbury
We joined the Canterbury Pilgrims After many weeks of rehearsal in 2018/19 we finally made it to the Tabard Inn at Southwark to join Chaucer’s Pilgrims as they set out for Canterbury
We joined
We joined the Canterbury Pilgrims After many weeks of rehearsal in 2018/19 we finally made it to the Tabard Inn at Southwark to join Chaucer’s Pilgrims as they set out for Canterbury
“Canterbury Pilgrims” by George Dyson, was initially unknown to us, it having fallen out of popularity many years ago. Paul Spicer, conductor of the Petersfield Musical Festival choirs, is an expert on Dyson and so was keen to perform the work. At our Monday rehearsals we gradually became familiar with the unusually addictive and tuneful music depicting the various characters in the story. Those who had studied Chaucer at school, particulary the Prologue and the Knight’s Tale could still quote large chunks of the text in the original ancient English but the rest of us had a more modern translation to work from. Jessica and Mary heroically tackled the difficult rehearsal piano part as we struggled with complex words and rhythms, gradually coming to like the music and to enjoy the depictions of the various pilgrims, such as The Knight, The Nun, The Merchant, The Shipman and, most wonderfully captured in Chaucer’s text, The Poor Parson. The music for The Merchant was especially memorable, causing several members to experience “ear-worms” when they were unable to get the catchy tune out of their heads. At last it was concert time and we gathered on a stormy Saturday at the Petersfield Festival Hall to rehearse with the orchestra. For the first time we were able to experience the full force of Dyson’s exciting score, having to rise to the challenge of singing over a large and very loud orchestra. One moment of humour came when the Horn player, having gone off stage to play the last fading tune as the pilgrims disappeared into the distance, was unintentionally ignored by the conductor and so held the last note seemingly for ever. We expected to hear him collapse! Paul seemed pleased with the results and we managed to stay in tune in unaccompanied passages; now for the concert. We performed to a full hall, quickly getting into the spirit of the work, especially the Basses who, like The Merchant, expressed their “opinions full solemnly”. Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience and Paul later expressed his great satisfaction with the performance. We had worked hard to prepare but it was all worth it in the end.
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Who are we? Midhurst Music Society (MMS) has been providing the Midhurst area of West Sussex with live Choral concerts for the past 54 years. Concerts may require orchestral accompaniment and include orchestral items. This support is provided by local semi-professional musicians and occasionally by other instrumental groups. MMS is directed by Mary Knight. What do we do? We perform classical choral works and part songs,in public concerts and smaller recitals, supported by other training and social activities. We also send representatives to sing with the Petersfield Musical Festival, which give us the opportunity to enjoy performing large choral works. We support young musicians as they begin their musical careers and we want to encourage the appreciation of and participation in choral music in the Midhurst area. How do I join? We welcome new members to sing with us. You don’t have to be able to read music - we will show you how it’s done. Just come and enjoy making music together. Contact our Chairman or Secretary or just come along to a rehearsal. We meet on Monday evenings, from 7.30pm, usually in the Methodist Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst.
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New singers are warmly invited to join the MMS choir this year as soon as the present lockdown rules are relaxed and singing together in groups is allowed. We will begin the new session by preparing for the Petersfield Musical Festival of 2022. Weekly rehearsals will be held in the Methodist Church Hall, Midhurst on Monday evenings from 7.30 onwards. New Singers do not have to read Music as full guidance will be given and you are assured of a warm welcome. Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass or even “don’t know” singers will enjoy making music with friends. Meanwhile - we are happy to support the Music Appreciation group of Midhurst U3A, which is meeting monthly via Zoom. Contact MMS for details The June meeting on Thursday 24th will explore the life and music of Shostakovitch
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