Singing in the Cathedral — again!

When I booked tickets for this trip, I immediately contacted all of my friends in England. A few of those friends are members of the Whitstable Choral Society, with whom I sang for three concerts during the 2011-2012 season.  When I told them I was coming, two of them had this crazy idea:  maybe I could jump in at the last minute and sing in the July concert!  Well, I did.  And it was really fun!

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This was not a glamorous solo gig.  It wasn’t even a paying gig (something I’m increasingly interested in these days…), but it was REALLY fun.  I knew the music on a very basic level, and had one rehearsal and then a dress rehearsal on the morning of the concert to get an idea of what the conductor was doing with tempi, etc.  It was a thrill.  A thrill to be singing this beautiful music after only 2 rehearsals, a thrill to be in one of the grandest spaces in the Western world, and a thrill to be with my friends who warmly invited me to sing with them.

Thank you, Carolynne, Pat, Sally, and David.

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After the concert, we walked past the King’s School (founded by Henry VIII) to exit the precincts.

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Walking through this beautiful, quiet place, the final words of the Puccini mass were  strongly present in my mind:  Dona nobis pacem.

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