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May 2018 Concert

posted 4 Apr 2018, 15:14 by Ann Hains
Notes from Iain regarding his Benedicite:-

The idea of writing a work for the society came from a chance remark from our president that we had never commissioned a composer to write  work specially for us.  If we wanted to do that, I thought, I really ought to be able to write it myself.  When I was a choirboy, I always enjoyed singing the Benedicite (the song which the 'three holy children' Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Old Testament book of Daniel sing to celebrate being saved from the burning fiery furnace).  It was the rhythm of the words of its refrain, 'praise him and magnify him', which now started going round in my mind and provided the musical seed of my own Benedicite.  I wanted the accompaniment to reflect the joyful mood of the words, so I decided on brass 5tet, piano duet and timpani, at least partly because there old friends of the society whom I could ask to play.  Happily they all agreed, and I've been very touched by the enthusiasm with which the choir and the instrumentalists have tackled the new piece.  the Benedicite occupied my spare moments between January and September 2017.  It's quite short (about 7 minutes) and I tried to make it as lively and colourful as I could, though there's also a quieter section in the middle, with a solo for our resident soprano soloist, Mary Morgan, whose beautiful singing is already familiar to regular members of our audience.


The baritione soloist, Andre Soares, is Iain's brother's wife's nephew, and they first met when Andre sang for Iain in the back room of his dad's café in his hometown in rural Portugal and told him that he wanted to come to the UK and study to be a professional singer.  Iain told him to make a demo recording to send round to various singers and singing teachers here, e.g.Lottie Newstead and Tom Humphreys, who all said he had the potential to succeed.  Since he arrived here, various eminent singing teachers have said the same and he's about to start lessons with one of the best in the business.  He arrived in this country at the end of 2016 and within 48 hours was working in Macdonald's at Clapham Junction.  Hes now been promoted to their HQ in Finchley and is fitting his vocal studies around that.