Photo: Composer Jamie Brown, conductor Hilary Campbell and Cornish language consultant Mark Trevethan at the first rehearsal of A Cornish Requiem. The Music Makers of London, one of the fabulous choirs taking part, were in fine voice and took to learning a whole new language while sightreading a modern score extremely well!
I decided to write a short blog about A Cornish Requiem, and the first rehearsal seemed like a good place to start. The piece itself was completed just at the weekend, and bar a small printer-related mishap (where they decided to spiral bind Hilary's A3 conductor's score on the top, rather than left, edge), everything has progressed very smoothly to this point. The first rehearsal of a new piece is always a hugely exciting moment, hearing music that has hitherto only been in my head and on a piano keyboard actually realised by real-life singers. We were very fortunate to have Mark with us last night, who helped the choir with the Cornish pronunciation and meanings, and Hilary's ever-instinctive understanding of my music (I don't know how she does it) meant the evening was a huge success. I hope the choir enjoyed singing it as much as I enjoyed hearing it.
I'll update this blog regularly in the nest few months on how the project is going, so watch this space!