Support Shelter to support homeless people through what’s expected to be the UK’s biggest virtual carol concert. "Home. Hope. Song" is at 7pm on Thursday 3rd December. It’s free to watch, but you’re invited to make donations to Shelter. Click here for details.
From the start of the second lockdown, RCS tenor Chris Lee has been reflecting on what has helped him stay well over the past eight months. Here is what he learnt.
Being purposeful – looking back at the end of the day (at a to-do list in my case) aim to have a few activities that you’re pleased to have got done. These worthwhile achievements could be quite small – cleaning the kitchen or clearing the leaves from the pavement outside your house.
RCS Bass and regular provider of the programme notes for our concerts Neil Heywood writes.....
My earliest memory of music - cold nights at Christmas, when the village silver band would play carols outside the house. Magic for a little boy. Soon after I learned to play all the twiddly bits of Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring on a mouth organ (fortunately not recorded? - ed). The peak of my instrumental career, I’m sorry to say.
When the Royston Choral Society is in action, Ian is a tenor. Here he explains his desert island selection…
This was far from an easy job because the music I like covers a wide range of genres. Choosing just eight pieces was nigh on impossible. So I have selected not necessarily my favourite pieces but music that made lasting impressions at various times. Roughly in chronological order these are:
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RCS Soprano Suzanne Knowles writes.....
As probably the longest-serving member of the Royston Choral Society, apart from Dick Prince, since joining in 1979, I thought I could let you know some of my choice of music for that desert island as well as recount other musical memories.
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio I think the opening overture and first chorus is the happiest piece of music ever.