The Best of 2011 (So far!)
In the Studio
I promised you some recording news and it doesn’t get any better than this! John Rutter, the king of choral music, is back after only a short break from his busy Christmas schedule. Last weekend the Orchestra set up camp at Henry Wood Hall, and with John Rutter and The Bach Choir recorded the nation’s Top 20 Christmas carols, from Ding Dong Merrily on High to The Twelve Days of Christmas. I have to say, attending some of the recording sessions I felt a lot more Christmassy than I did in December! Chatting to John I found out how busy he had been recently, writing new arrangements in his composer cottage, where he isn’t disturbed by life’s many interruptions.
- You can now gather why we are known as one of London’s most versatile orchestras! From recording Christmas music we travel to the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and this hits from shows such as The Sound of Music, The King and I, Carousel and South Pacific. We were joined once again by vocal stars none other than Ria Jones, Mary Carewe, Graham Bickley and Michael Dore. They were all in fine fettle, and for those of you who know Mary and attended Christmas Cracker last December, you will be pleased to know that her wrist is coming out of plaster soon and that her injury has only stopped her from playing tennis and not from singing! Watch this space for some more exciting Rodgers and Hammerstein news soon!
So we conclude our first blog post and as the news happens we will report back to you. You won’t hear from me again, not quite yet anyway, so look forward to contributions from our players!