Here is what we sung and here is a quick round up of Day 3:
After a well-earned rest day on Day 2 the choir assembled at 2pm to rehearse for the evening’s concert at the beautiful Casa Romantica. The hall in Casa Romantica had a very different acoustic to what we’re used to at Christ Church but after a few minutes we’d adjusted to the new environment and were firing on all cylinders. The rehearsal finished earlier than scheduled and this allowed the members of the choir doing solos in the concert with Dana Point Symphony tonight to have a run through with Dr Darlington.
Casa Romantica provided us with a lovely meal and after this some of the men blew off some steam by playing a game of Patball while others went for a jaunt down to the San Clemente pier. For any train enthusiasts out there, the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner runs parallel with the coastline in San Clemente and to warn passengers crossing the track the trains are required to use their horn as the level crossing rules seem slightly more relaxed here in California compared to the UK.
The concert went extremely well and was enjoyed by a sell-out crowd whose standing ovations prompted us to sing a couple of close harmony numbers as encores. There was however one amusing moment just before we sang Parry’s ‘My soul there is a country’ from his Songs of Farewell. Mr Hickman had just hummed our note when there was a loud blast from the aforementioned Pacific Surfliner which was approximately a tritone above the E he’d given. This caused a spontaneous burst of laughter from audience and choir but once we’d settled down we gave a splendid performance of this fantastic number.
Tonight (Day 4) we have our concert with the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra. The programme includes some of Handel’s most famous choral works as Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah Chorus.
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