What does it feel like to be singing again after eight months of silence? The flippant answer is that somebody seems to have replaced my vocal cords with strips of sandpaper. But at a deeper level the latest experience with choral holiday company Run By Singers has brought a satisfying reconnection, both with music and people.
During the pandemic, while choirs haven’t been able to meet and sing together as usual, lots of online possibilities have sprung up, but in general I wasn’t drawn to the idea of warbling in isolation at my computer screen. When Run By Singers announced their Virtual Vienna package, though, it sounded more appealing as it came complete with a specially-commissioned backing choir of talented young professionals and accompanying organ for remote rehearsals and, eventually for the virtual performance, a baroque orchestra. I’d sung the work in question, Mozart’s Requiem, many times before, so the prospect sounded doable. Time to get that voice back in some sort of shape.Continue Reading