December 2023 Rehearsal Schedule

Our normal rehearsal venue has changed its name from High Hilton Church to Aberdeen Hillside Parish Church but is still in the same location at 1-3 Rosehill Drive.

Rehearsals will take place every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Aberdeen Hillside Parish Church with a two week break on Tuesdays 17th and 24th October. The last four Tuesday rehearsals will be with organ in St Machar's Cathedral, and the final rehearsal with organ and soloists will there be on Saturday 2nd December from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There will be an additional rehearsal on Friday 24 November from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Holburn West Church for those who could make it.


Recommended Recordings

Paul has suggested the following YouTube recordings of the four works we will be performing:

Poulenc: Gloria

Duruflé: Requiem

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium

 

Rehearsal Tracks

Free rehearsal tracks (listen online) are available for all of the works. The Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine is also available to purchase from Choraline.

Poulenc - Gloria (Cyberbass)

Duruflé - Requiem (Cyberbass)

Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine (Chord Perfect)
Soprano   Alto   Tenor   Bass

Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine (Choraline)

Messaien: O Sacrum Convivium (Choral Lines on YouTube)

 

French pronunciation

YouTube has a useful guide to French vocal pronunciation, including line by line pronunciation of the text of the Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine [starting at 10:45]. Please note that we will be following the French musical tradition of the time and rolling 'r' on the tip of the tongue rather than at the back of the throat.

 

Rehearsal Schedule

This rehearsal schedule may change depending on progress throughout the term. Please check back each week to keep up to date on any changes. Sections in square brackets marked with an asterisk were not covered during the appropriate rehearsal. Those marked with a dagger † were covered out of sequence.

Tuesday 22nd August
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Sing through all four works (Duruflé first three movements only)

Tuesday 29th August
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Poulenc - Gloria (First Movement) Detailed work on this so please have a listen before the rehearsal
Durufle - Continue singing through from Sanctus.

Tuesday 5th September
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Detailed work on Poulenc Gloria: Second Movement ‘Laudamus te’.
[Sing through first movement ‘Gloria’ as a reminder of previous week.]*
Detailed work on Duruflé Requiem: Third movement ‘Domine Jesu Christe’.
[Detailed work on Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine]*

Tuesday 12th September
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Detailed work on Duruflé Requiem: Second movement ‘Kyrie’ and final movement ‘In Paradisum’.
Sing through and tidy up first and second movements of Poulenc Gloria.
[Detailed work on Messiaen ‘O Sacrum Convivium’.]*

Tuesday 19th September
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Detailed work on Poulenc Gloria: [first and seconds movements]† third movement ‘Domine Deus’ [and fourth movement ‘Domini fili unigenite’]*.
Detailed work on Duruflé Requiem: First movement ‘Introit’ [second movement 'Kyrie']† and seventh movement ‘Lux Aeterna’.
[Detailed work on Fauré ‘Cantique’ and Messaien 'O Sacrum Convivium' postponed from 5 and 12 September.]†

Tuesday 26th September
Aberdeen Hillside

Duruflé Requiem: Detailed work on the ‘Sanctus’ and ‘Agnus Dei’.
[Poulenc Gloria: Detailed work on Final movement ‘Qui sedes’.]• [Detailed work on third and fourth movements 'Domine Deus' and 'Domini Fili Unigenite' ]† Revisit movements 1-4.
[Revisit Messiaen ‘O Sacrum Convivium’]* [Sing through Fauré 'Cantique de Jean Racine']†

Wednesday 27th September
Aberdeen Hillside

AGM and Social Evening

Tuesday 3rd October
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Duruflé Requiem: Detailed work on the ‘Libera Me’. [Revisit ‘Lux Aeterna’ and ‘Domine Jesu Christe’.]* [Revisit 'In Paradisum']†
Poulenc – Detailed work on Movement 5 ’Dominus Deus’. [Revisit 'Domine fili unigenite' and 'Laudamus te']†

Tuesday 10th October
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Sing through all of Duruflé Requiem.
Detailed work on problem sections of Poulenc Gloria identified over previous two weeks.
Sing through Fauré ‘Cantique’.
Sing through Messiaen ‘O sacrum convivium’

Tuesday 17th October
October Break

No rehearsal

Tuesday 24th October
October Break

No rehearsal

Tuesday 31st October
7:30 p.m.
Aberdeen Hillside

Sing through Poulenc Gloria and work on problem areas.
Revise Duruflé Requiem: Movements 3-4
Revise Messiaen 'O Sacrum Convivium'.

Tuesday 7th November
7:30 p.m.
St Machar's Cathedral

Duruflé Requiem: Movements 1-4 with organ.
[Poulenc Gloria: Movements 1-3 with organ.]*
Fauré: Cantique with organ.

Tuesday 14th November
7:30 p.m.
St Machar's Cathedral

Duruflé Requiem: Movements 6-9 with organ.
Poulenc Gloria: Movements 4-6 with organ.

Tuesday 21st November
7:30 p.m.
St Machar's Cathedral

Duruflé Requiem: Domine Deus.
Poulenc Gloria: Complete with organ: revisiting difficult passages as required.
Fauré: Cantique with organ Messaien: O Sacrum Convivium

Friday 24th November
7:30 p.m.
Holburn West Church

Additional rehearsal: Duruflé Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna and Libera Me. Messaien O Sacrum Comvivium. Poulenc Dominus Deus, Qui sedes,

Tuesday 28th November
7:30 p.m.
St Machar's Cathedral

Final run through of all works before the concert day.

Saturday 2nd December
2:00-5:00 p.m.
St Machar's Cathedral

Passages with soloists first.
Difficult passages as highlighted during the final Tuesday evening rehearsal.
General ‘topping and tailing’ of choral sections