On Saturday 1st April members of The Hills Singers participated in a choral workshop led by the lovely Simon Berridge (THE SIXTEEN). We’re very fortunate to have a connection with Simon, who has run workshops for us in spring for a few years now. These sessions are much anticipated by the choir and very much appreciated by all of us afterwards!
This time we worked on the Monteverdi Mass for Four Voices (1650) and the Tippett Five Negro Spirituals. With Simon’s help we worked in particular on identifying and shaping some of the subtler musical lines within the mass and discussed the importance of the text as a performance guide. We enjoyed getting in touch with our inner Italians and using that influence to express the deeper meaning.
In contrast the Tippett was something of a light relief, if light relief includes letting the voices go until the rafters ring. Simon shared with us some performance tips with us for this work, including Harry Christopher’s suggestion that instead of singing “walk into heaven” we should sing “wok into heaven”. See if you can pick that out at our Spring into Summer concert on May 13th.