My friend Fionnuala, who sings with New Dublin Voices, got married at the weekend and a group of us sang at the wedding ceremony. It was a truly lovely event with many delightful details. Needless to say, we broke out some NDV favourites in the bar afterwards. Like, *very* much afterwards. We always do this — doubtless a bewildering spectacle for those in the vicinity…!
Anyway, one of the ones we like to do in these musically-dodgy situations is a cool arrangement (by Carol Canning, for The Swingle Singers) of ‘Lady Madonna’ by The Beatles. Here’s a video of us performing it at a competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany in 2009. I sing the verses 🙂
‘Che gelida manina’ from Puccini’s opera ‘La bohème’. Moscow 1964. Amazing vocal technique and expression. He portrays the pain and anguish of this piece so brilliantly, and the few flashes of a smile are just beautiful.
I love how we can now finally *see* how incredible performers play. Video can get right up close and record jaw-dropping things like James Rhodes playing Moszkowski’s luminescent ‘Etincelles’. (I like Mr Rhodes because he sent me a signed copy of his debut CD a few years ago when I correctly identified a piece of music he tweeted a picture of!)
I’ve just finished an arrangement of this piece for string quartet and two of the singers from New Dublin Voices. It’s to be performed at a wedding on Friday. Unfortunately I can’t attend, as it clashes with my piano exam. Speaking of which, I better get back to practicing!