OPEN WORKSHOP DAY
Stravinsky SYMPHONY of PSALMS
Saturday 20 January 2018
Doors open at 10am for coffee and registration
Seven Kings High School, Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7BT
Download enrolment form here
You are invited to join us for this rare opportunity to sing this glorious 1930 choral work. The day will include a brief introduction to Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms plus ideas and techniques to explore the music with freedom and confidence.
Anyone who enjoys choral singing is invited to join Valentine Singers for the day. Observers are also welcome. To get the best from the day, singers should have some experience of music-reading and part-singing. You may also like to check out the supporting links below:
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1st movement: for Psalm 38 vv 13 & 14 see psalm 39 vv 12 & 13
2nd movement: for Psalm 39 vv 2-4 see Psalm 40 vv 1-3
3rd movement: NB Laudate eum in timpani et choro doesn’t mean praise him upon the lute (psaltery) and harp! This section of v.3 seems to be present only by instrumental suggestion; this Latin text is from verse 4 and means praise him with tabor/drum/tambourine (depends whose translation you select) and in chorus/dancing (ditto!)
Watch performance with score visible:
You can find many other performances on Youtube
Here is a fascinating guide to the work and to various recordings by Tom Service
Get prepared with these rehearsal aids:
See John Fletcher's website (subscription necessary)
or mp3 files of all voice parts here
DIRECTIONS Seven Kings High School is in Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7BT. It is walking distance from Newbury Park tube station (Central Line) or Seven Kings railway station; there are buses from Ilford station and there is ample free parking on site.
Additional help in finding Seven Kings High School
The school entrance sits back slightly on the road – do take a look at this link
The bus stop and post box are useful markers!
There will be signs up on the day, too.
NB Whilst TfL trains from Liverpool Street to Ilford & Seven Kings are expected to be running as usual on Sat 20 January, there may be considerable disruption to service on trains coming from Shenfield. Please check TfL for details.
For more information download the enrolment form here
Symphony of Psalms will feature in Valentine Singers’ spring concert, Laudate, at Seven Kings High School on Saturday 3 March. Anyone interested in taking part in the March concert will be given details, including the rehearsal schedule, at the workshop.