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  1. Eeek! Wonder which of them was playing at that point.
  2. You’re most welcome. Incidentally, if this is a final piece (and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be - the “arrival” idea was just a flight of fancy on Beecham’s part) I often find it’s too short. In that case I just nip back from the end of the penultimate bar to b.16.
  3. For that timing I think I’d probably play to the end of b.42 then go back to the start, ending in b.16 but incorporating the melody as it is in the final bar (b.89). That gives a reasonable ABA structure, and includes enough of the two-part oboe stuff to ensure that people won’t feel short-changed.
  4. Norman Cocker was quite open and unashamed about doing both, but he was a bit of a one-off generally, so perhaps not typical.
  5. The current Church in Wales advice, issued following government permission (largely theoretical) to resume congregational singing, addresses these points: Particular care should be taken to ensure that a full 2-metre distance is maintained between all households at all times. For this reason, we advise against singing in procession at this time. Congregations must remain masked to sing. For those who find this uncomfortable, a number of places now sell face coverings designed for singers, with an internal frame to keep the fabric a few centimetres away from the mouth. https://churchinwales.contentfiles.net/media/documents/Singing_guidance_for_website_22_June_2021.pdf
  6. My flabber is well and truly gasted. What an extraordinary specification (2005/2016).
  7. Almost word for word the reaction when, as a teenager, a friend proudly played after a service the piece he had just learned - Apparition de l'église éternelle. That was in Yorkshire too. Whether it was from a tenor history does not record.
  8. Haven't read the small print yet (apart from the bit that says tenors are dangerous) but the Welsh Government is reported to be relaxing restrictions: “Covid: Church congregations allowed to sing with masks” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57540221
  9. Op. 105 is an excellent collection (especially if you like Gibbons). In terms of musical quality it perhaps has the edge on Op. 101. Like the other volume it alternates soft and loud pieces. Of the latter, nos 2 and 4 are straightforward. No 6 is a much more substantial piece; indeed it feels a little out of place, as there is nothing else on that scale in either of the two volumes. It’s not difficult, but would take more learning than anything else in the two books: well worth putting in the effort, however. The music is long out of copyright and available on line if you want to check it: https://imslp.org/wiki/6_Short_Preludes_and_Postludes%2C_Op.105_(Stanford%2C_Charles_Villiers) (I'm assuming above that you’re looking for louder pieces as out voluntaries, though of course there’s nothing to stop you playing a quiet piece occasionally (or a loud one before the service) by way of a change ….)
  10. Presumably the distinction isn’t between singing at sporting events (allowed) and between congregational singing (forbidden), but between outdoors and indoors. I haven’t checked the English regulations but here in Wales outdoor singing is allowed and we have thus had congregational singing locally at open air services (even in the rain!). Now the weather is better I have wondered about suggesting that congregations that want to sing meet to sing two or three appropriate hymns outside the church before or after the service (rather as the Elizabethan Injunctions envisaged the use of metrical psalms - for those who like historical precedents ….)
  11. Well, that’s the trouble with modern risk management methods. The theory all sounds fine on the training course and in the boardroom, but when it meets reality it starts throwing up all sorts of anomalies (some of which may even turn out to be highly dangerous despite being “approved” by the process).
  12. Not really, though it does sound bizarre if you phrase it that way. Normal risk management deems different levels of risk tolerable depending on circumstances, and that approach applies whether you’re dealing with and epidemic or anything else. In this case a higher level of risk is deemed acceptable when it’s a matter of earning a living (with the caveat that measures must be put in place to “mitigate” that risk). That judgement may or may not be correct, but it’s not illogical.
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