This term’s rehearsals have got off to a good start as the choir gets to grips with Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, a charming set of six songs inspired by a holiday the composer and his wife Alice enjoyed in Upper Bavaria in 1894. Each song is a setting of a poem written by Alice, sub-titled with the name of a place they had visited together.
As we shall be performing this piece in our summer concert, during this current month we welcome back Helen Harrison, who will be conducting us in June.
She says it’s a pleasure to be working with the choir again and she’s looking forward to the concert. A massive Elgar fan, she also said that, having met us during rehearsals of Gerontius, it seems fitting that she is joining us again for this trip through the Highlands!
We have also been delighted to welcome Ed Rugman, who has been accompanying us while Joy has been indisposed. Ed, who lives in Lytham St Annes, studied at the RNCM and was later an Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral. Not only is he adept at the keyboard, but he is also a composer – his work includes documentary music for the BBC – and a conductor who is sought-after in musical theatre. Some of you might have seen Ed in action recently when he conducted a ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert at Preston Minster in aid of The Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
We are lucky to be able to call on two such talented musicians and we have enjoyed a chance to experience a fresh approach as we begin the new year. Of course we’ll also be glad to see Tom and Joy when they return!