Dorset has some beautiful, historic churches, rich with architectural merit. This was not one of them.
The venue for our first Adopt a Composer workshop with Ed Scolding was resplendent in orange and brown patterned wallpaper, of the type popular in the 1970’s. This was paired with turquoise paintwork, and with a curious musty odour.
As the choir gathered in this inauspicious place, we all had questions about what was about to happen!
The fifteen members of my choir, La Nova Singers, are trained in a specific vocal technique by our musical director Michelle Nova. She specialises in ‘bel canto’, which translates as ‘beautiful singing’. Because of this, our rehearsals are usually focussed on sound production and perfecting our tone. Always preparing for the next concert means we don’t often get the chance to take a step back and work on other aspects of musicianship. This workshop, as well as helping ‘our’ composer get to know us musically and personally, would be a welcome break from routine.
To read more, go here: La Nova Singers reflect on their first Adopt a Composer meeting.