Sunday, December 4, 2016

Musical Monday - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy with Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly

If you didn't watch last Musical Monday then go back and watch it first.  This is is a great take off.  Their sound is really great but the ending is too funny.  Ho, ho, ho!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Musical Monday - Bing Crosby, David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

I am not a David Bowie fan.  I acknowledge that he did well in his career and by all accounts made some outstanding contributions to music.  However, I have never really enjoyed watching him.  However, this skit with one of my fav's Bing Crosby, is a good one.   Their voices are very compatible and I do enjoy this song.
 Now, tune in next week for another fun Christmas musical skit. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Last night I had the pleasure of being in Royal Albert Hall.  Well, I am writing this in anticipation of that moment so I can share more about that later.  However, our daughter has often attended these Christmas concerts at Royal Albert Hall and I wanted to share the fun with you.  As you listen, decide what makes it fun.  In such a grand edifice with such history you might think it should all be serious stuff.  Does having fun with the music make it any less "serious"?  I think NOT!!  How could we incorporate some of these ideas in our concerts?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Musical Monday - Cat Choir Teach Use Vowels

Vowels can be the bane of any choir leader.  There is the discussion of which vowels as in old English, new English, different language vowels etc.  
One thing I know for sure is that vowels must be round and forward to carry the sound.
This piece of music is an actual composition.  These two young men have been taught and use some superb vowel production.  Listen carefully the second time for the vowels.  The first time is just too funny to concentrate.  

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Musical Monday - Piano Choir

Although this is part of a television program in Britain, it really is a cool idea.  Imagine this choir having each to remember a SINGLE note and sing it when the light goes on.  I truly think this would be a great warm up exercise for any singing group.  Having to remember and reproduce only YOUR note as you are asked would be a super exercise in mental music.  Let's try it!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Musical Monday - Singing Pumpkins - Blue Moon as Never Heard Before

Happy Hallowe'en tomorrow.  Although this is fun to watch and listen, I believe it would be a great introduction for any age choir to various styles of music.  I can remember taking a song as simple as Row, Row, Row Your Boat and having the students sing it as a ballad, jazz, rock, opera etc.  They came up with some great suggestions.  With the internet, there is so much material out there to help understand each genre and then apply.  First of all, have fun listening to this presentation.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Musical Monday - Celebration at Knox United Embro

The fall colours are simply gorgeous here this year.  This was but one of the glorious trees we saw as we drove to Knox United Church in Embro this morning to sing at their celebration of the newly renovated basement.
We have often told you about how wonderful the folks at Knox United have been to us in allowing us to use their beautiful space for rehearsals.  They are so generous as we know that many choirs constantly struggle to find a practice space with good acoustics, appropriate area and instruments for singing.  We have found all of that in this lovely old church.

 The old basement is where we started out back in 2010.  It was dark, damp and acoustically poor.  Well this morning we got to warm up in the new basement that is now bright, warm and much more open.  Then, up to the church we went.

It was a delight to be leading the music today.  We sang For the Beauty of the Earth. 
 Angels Among Us

 The Storm is Passing Over & Any Dream Will Do

Basses & Sopranos
Tenors & Altos
Kristy is back in great form at the piano keeping us all together.  We are so pleased that her injured foot is healing so well.

We are saying our thanks to our hosts at Knox United by giving them the money to tune and repair the piano downstairs in their lovely new basement.  Embro Thistle Singers are all about Song, Service & Fun.  We experience all of those using this wonderful facility.  Many thanks to our friends at Knox United.