As some of you may be aware, this Sunday at 7:30 I shall be singing most of the alto solos in a charity (scratch) performance of Messiah in St Mary's, Great Brickhill, SW of Milton Keynes (get there by 7 if interested).

Though the chorus and orchestra, and most if not all of the soloists, are amateurs like me, there might even be some good music happening occasionally. No promises, mind :-)

See and .

Would be good to see any of you.
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( Sep. 12th, 2009 06:25 pm)
C is with me today in the house. On her request, we went to London Zoo, which is surprisingly easy to get to from WGC - it took about an hour to get there and about 40 minutes to get back.

While much of the zoo is now brightly coloured, covered in soft low-impact surfaces and child-friendly, there are still some islands of peace. Particularly wonderful is the Bird House, where small jewel-like tropical birds flit freely around your head. Personal favourite was the Splendid Sunbird, an iridescent little sweetie, as well as the cuddlesome lovebirds.

And there were lots of pretty fish, and butterflies which landed on you, and the slow loris which was the animal kingdom's closest thing to a mogwai...

Now we are home and flopping.
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( Jul. 5th, 2009 09:24 pm)
C came down to see me today, and there was much rejoicing. I did Matins, then we wandered off to the Cock (it's a pub, folks) to drink pear cider and chat with some of the choir gents. Then we had some lunch - very reasonably priced and very yummy - and then I showed C how pretty bits of St Albans can be, particularly down the hill (Fishpool Street, Abbey Mill Lane, Verulamium Park etc). There were then some Roman walls, floors and ceilings at the Verulamium Museum. And some ducks. And lots of cute littles.

Then there was Evensong: Rutter God be on the in my head, Tomkins 5th (some verses for me) and a stonking rendition of Bairstow Blessed City - mmmm, bulwarks. The organist saved the best for last, as the voluntary was Liberty Bell - i.e. the Monty Python theme tune. St. Peter's choir has red cassocks. So of course C said, when the choirmen reappeared sans surplices, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition". And there was at least one "Ni!" in response to the priest's final vestry prayer.

We've just finished watching Top Gear. It was silly.

I love C very much.
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( Jun. 20th, 2009 09:16 pm)
I drove to Colchester today for Thea (WINOLJ but is in CTS and Fish Slice)'s birthday party and then an evening of pétanque at [personal profile] sunlightdances's mum's house. Thea wanted to go to the seaside so I ended up driving to Walton-on-the-Naze; I've never seen a Naze before but it looks like a big beach. Caught up with Esther and Jonathan, the newlyweds, and met various other of Thea's friends - Tanya is lovely. I enjoyed nibbling the nuts. Picnics in the rain need cover; I should have brought my gazebo-inna-bag. There were slices of birthday cake and Interesting Chocolates.

Left that at about 5:30ish to drive back to C's mum. C says we are surprisingly good at pétanque and came second. More to the point, there were many nuggles. Apropos of nice people, I am keen to see what [personal profile] mostlyacat has done with our party photos...

A couple of gratuitous public service announcements, one admin, the other soppy:

Admin: Having discussed it with other members of Fish Slice, and having a calendar conflict called taking [personal profile] sunlightdances to university with all her stuff, I am not going to Oxonmoot. Normal CTS service will almost certainly be resumed in 2010, with a fully polished and shiny Sound of Mumaks. The general feeling currently is that we all need a bit of a break.

Admin II: It looks like a Red Dwarf readthrough might be in the offing. Watch this space - transcription help etc. welcome...

Soppy: [personal profile] sunlightdances and I are as in love now as we have ever been (♥). It's only been three months, but it feels right. I have a week of holiday planned soon, which will include a trip to Cambridge and may also include 3 days or so in Scotland, and will finish with [personal profile] mirrorshard's Dream of Krapy Rub Snif (C's Titania, I'm Flute) on the 11th.
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( Jun. 1st, 2009 01:08 pm)
There's going to be a themed Evensong about Henry Purcell on 22 Nov, the date closest to St Cecilia's Day and one day after he died.

And they've asked me to get involved; I get to write the "sermon" - actually a talk. And provide musical interludes. And and and...

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( May. 18th, 2009 12:06 am)
Just back from one. Solos in Purcell (doing I was glad (1685) one to a part) and the Vivaldi Gloria (Domine Deus and Qui sedes). Curate's egg - very good in parts, less good in others (especially the beginning of the Qui sedes; that's what you get, Mr. Conductor, if you don't rehearse it on the day. Nyer). But generally OK - 7 out of 10.

What's really making me blush is the comments I'm getting on my Facebook status (basically, a summary of the above) from several internationally recognised countertenors. They're all so nice. And geeking cricket with Mr. Blaze is fun.
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( May. 12th, 2009 12:59 pm)
Seen first here, referring to a post on here.

You have to write a limerick about an Oxbridge college.

Here are my two.

The Warden and Fellows of Christ's
Eat undergrads chopped, minced and sliced;
The veggie from Leeds
Will only eat Swedes
While the Gambling Don likes them diced.

And about my old place, a factually true one:

Old Tit Hall alumni, it's plain,
Have KGB spies on the brain,
Since the college's punts
Are named Anthony Blunt,
Burgess, Philby and Donald Maclean.
megamole: (musical)
( May. 9th, 2009 09:48 pm)
Those of you in the UK (or with access to UK IPs) and with any interest at all in why my favourite composer is who he is should visit your IPlayer for Charles Hazlewood's run-down of Purcell here.

Some of the stuff Hazlewood says about Purcell's peculiar sympathy for and empathy with the English language chimes perfectly with my own thoughts about his special genius. One thing he said is flat wrong; we DO know how Purcell's surname was pronounced. It's PUR-cell, like the washing powder. We know this because it's the only conceivable pronunciation that matches one contemporary spelling of his name - Mr. Pursal.

It's also kind of weird to see familiar faces like David Clegg (who was in the year below me at school, for goodness' sake) singing on TV.

I can still not beat what Dryden wrote, and Blow set to music, -

Ye Brethren of the Lyre and tuneful Voice,
Now live secure, and linger out your Days;
The gods are pleas'd alone with Purcell's Lays,
Nor know to mend their Choice.
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( May. 1st, 2009 02:47 pm)
So, I'm now on Dreamwidth. This should be crossposted from DW to LJ.