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Does the choir love everything they sing? Well, no...  But there’s no doubt

singing something you really love adds to the fun. Here are some of our

favourites.

HA, alto section

The Verdi Requiem – it’s a great big sing that every choral singer should tackle

at least once in their life. If the hairs on the back of your neck don’t go up during

Tuba Mirum, you have no soul!

Cantique de Jean Racine – Faure.  Just a lovely piece of music.

Nocturnes, especially Soneto de la noche – Lauridsen. I’d never heard of this

composer till Christopher, our conductor, came up with this for the Christmas

concert. Beautiful words and music – and a wonderful alto part!

AM, alto section

Vivaldi Gloria - I love singing this. I find the variety in the different movements

provides its own challenge and find it a very satisfying sing.

Elgar  - The Snow - I have known this piece for many years and have sung the

three part setting for female voices many times. The SATB version is just as

enjoyable. I always find the section that starts "the snow must melt, must melt,

must go" incredibly moving.

Parry  - I was Glad. What can I say about this! It is just a fantastic piece to sing.

The alto part at "Oh pray for the peace of Jerusalem" is just wonderful.

JW, bass section

For major works Verdi’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah cannot be

beaten.     But my first choice is  Stainer’s  Crucifixion.    It has outstanding

choral passages for full choir (“God so loved the world” – unaccompanied),

really beautiful solos, very powerful organ accompaniment, and as an unusual

bonus, an opportunity for the congregation or audience to take part in five of the

included hymns.    A must for an Easter performance.

BE, tenor section

Brahms' 'German' Requiem  - no Dies Irae and more comfort for the living than

the dying. Seven beautiful movements which demand great concentration and

tenderness from singers. It should be sung in German.

Gerald Finzi's My Spirit sang All Day - a part song setting of a Robert Bridges

poem which is a sheer joy to sing. Finzi can marry text and music in a special

way with minimum fuss and maximum impact. 

Cwm Rhondda - a wonderful Welsh hymn from the 'Land of my Fathers'. All

tenors should be at home in a male voice choir singing hymns!