The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169078   Message #4123508
Posted By: Charmion
19-Oct-21 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Last night, the Stratford Concert Choir had its first rehearsal since 9 March 2020. Sixty singers turned out, and it was not quite boffo but everyone had a good time and we made some genuinely good music.

The "not quite boffo" part was down to church architecture and aging ears in the Alto section. Our interim conductor lacks the parade-ground voice of his predecessor, so much of what he said was lost on those sitting in the side aisles of the church and under the balcony at the back.

So, microphones.

As choir president, I am apparently also a stage-hand and sound technician. The church piano is wretched, so we hauled in and set up an electronic keyboard before rehearsal, and afterwards struck the set and hauled it home again. (I have room for it, so it currently lives with me.) Next week, rinse and repeat. The church has a sound system, but the provided stand microphone turned out to be inadequate; our conductor needs the clip-on wireless kind. He hates clip-on wireless microphones, so I have to talk him into it. That's my job, too.

All of us, except the conductor, wore masks the whole time, so steamed-up spectacles was the norm. The mask thing is an iron requirement, along with two-metre spacing throughout the nave.

The requirement for two metres of space between singers is actually good for the choir; it forces independence on the lazy. All of us can hear the full effect, but not the singers next and behind us -- at least not clearly enough to depend on them to feed us the notes instead of finding them for ourselves.

I slept in this morning until nearly nine-thirty. I must have been whacked. Laundry today, and pool class just before supper.