It was a huge privilege to have the eminent conductor and choir trainer, Adrian Partington come to work with us on Wednesday, 3rd February.
Adrian Partington, Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, ran a workshop for our choristers, focusing on choir skills, singing and preparing pieces to perform in Gloucester Cathedral in June, where we join the cathedral choir to sing evensong and celebrate our own Crypt School Founders’ Day.
Adrian’s hugely enthusiastic, positive and skilful approach ensured that the workshop was fun, extremely educationally productive and really beneficial to our flourishing choir, who developed their choral skills and confidence, and prepared to sing in the magnificent acoustics of the historic cathedral.
60 students and some staff enthusiastically participated. We started with basic exercises to warm up our voices, improve our posture, breathing and vowel placement and moved onto more technical and artistic detail, blending and singing with confidence, detail and musicality. Adrian covered it all! Moreover, he delivered all those technical points with humour, energy and positivity; the choir warmed to him immediately and worked extremely hard. Their behaviour, discipline and determination was exemplary and Adrian commented on their attitude and achievement: a credit to the school.
During the workshop, we worked on the Magnificat in B flat by Stanford, Locus Iste by Bruckner and a Gloria from the Twelfth Mass (attributed to Mozart, but actually composed by someone else!). The choir was accompanied by Christopher Boodle, our piano and organ teacher, and our singing teacher, Alex Jones (himself a cathedral lay clerk), joined the bass section.
At the end of the rehearsal, the choir sang through all three pieces and it was absolutely beautiful!
This is a very exciting time for the choir and our next performance will take place at the Spring concert on March 16th.
A big thank you also to the Crypt School Parents Association for supporting the music department and funding the workshop.
For more photos of the workshop, please visit our Facebook photo album here.