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Cherishing the music in Toledo with Run By Singers

Choir stalls in Cathedral: ‘Hic est chorus’

When I mentioned I was thinking about taking more than one singing holiday this year, people said I should go for it while I could. What were they trying to tell me? Were my travelling or singing days numbered? I can’t imagine no longer being able to waltz away to some glorious European destination for a choral fix in the sun, but perhaps that time will come sooner than I’d like. Duly motivated, I set off for Toledo in Spain for this year’s first Run By Singers holiday, with another to look forward to in the autumn.

El Greco Museum

What a lovely city. Medieval, mellow-stoned and manageable. Toledo has bags of character and much more culture than you really have time for when you’re in rehearsals for five hours a day. I made sure to visit the huge, ornate Cathedral, and followed the El Greco trail around his adopted town. But mostly I just enjoyed exploring in the shade of the narrow cobbled streets, buff-coloured canopies like endless dust sheets slung between buildings. Sumptuous banners and tapestries were being hung from upper balconies in preparation for Corpus Christi later in the month, but spectacular processions weaving their way through a maze of steep inclines must be left to my imagination.Continue Reading

Looking after the semitones with Run By Singers

During a week of singing in southern Spain I lost count of the times maestro Jeremy Jackman exhorted us to look after the semitones. There were plenty of other musical elements to look after as well, of course: timing, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, balance and diction, especially bearing in mind that the programme dictated getting ourContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Mass Tango in Husum and the kindness of strangers

If people sing together, it’s good for them. If people enjoy the hospitality of strangers, it’s great for body, soul and mutual understanding. Imagine how doubly beneficial it was, therefore, to be welcomed into the home of a fellow singer during my choir’s recent visit to make music with our German counterparts, the Theodor StormsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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