We start our Spring 2020 rehearsal sessions for Verdi’s Requiem at 7.30pm (registration from 7.00pm) on Wednesday 8th January at UCS, Frognal, London NW3 6XH.  As usual, our rehearsals will normally be held in the Music Lecture Theatre.  We will also be registering new singers at the following rehearsals – come along early to the rehearsal and look for the membership team.

Our evening concert will be on Saturday, 25th April 2020 in the Great Hall at UCS conducted by our Musical Director, Simon Walton, accompanied by professional soloists and orchestra. Concert tickets will be available later in the term.

We will update this page with useful information as it becomes available.

Spring 2020 Choral subscriptions and scores.

Individual choir fees for the term are £75 – (£60 subscription plus £15 tuition). This is equivalent to less than £5.36 per rehearsal.

Music scores: ‘Requiem’ by Verdi published by Ricordi – £10.  Unfortunately, no loan copies are available for this popular work.

Note:  There will be no music for sale at rehearsal sessions.  If you require music please ensure you pre-order it by 20 December or purchase it separately before term begins.  The choir generally obtains its music from Dot’s Camden Music Shop  and on-line from Presto Classical Music.  Copies are sometimes also available via Amazon.

Spring 2020 rehearsal schedule

You can find the rehearsal schedule for the term by following this link: 2020 Spring Centenary Choir Rehearsal Schedule – Verdi-1.
All weekly rehearsals are on Wednesdays.  Our half-term break will be on 19 February and there will be no rehearsals on 1 or 8 April.

Learning aids

There are many learning tools available online and you may have your own favourites.  Here are some suggestions.

  • Cyberbass.  This site allows you to loop difficult passages, slow down or speed up bits you want to focus on and to listen to your part or all parts together.  It is free to use, but files cannot be downloaded.
  • John Fletcher’s site – this is a very useful site which allows you to download your part or all parts, but requires you to register first.  You can register for free or take out a paid membership (for which there are various options – one option is £10 for one year).  You can access out of copyright files (like Verdi’s Requiem) for free but you can only access music which is still in copyright if you take out a paid membership
  • Saffron Choral Prompt – you can order CDs at a modest price from saffronchoralprompt.co.uk 01799 586269.  You tell them the name of our choir (for a discount); which piece of music and name of publisher; your voice part.  You will receive a useful (though not beautiful) recording of a voice singing your exact line with a piano accompaniment playing the other parts.
  • Youtube – there are various recordings and learning tools which are best found via Google.

Recommended recordings

BBC Radio’s 3 compared recordings of Verdi’s Requiem in 2015 – the programme is still available online.  They recommend the version conducted by Antonio Pappano (EMI) – this is widely available and is on Spotify and Youtube.

You may also be interested in Pappano’s introduction to his Requiem recording.