It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Not only are the garden burgeoning and things taking off again at la chapelle de Teysseroles, which we are helping to restore, but le choeur de Parisot has started its spring season in earnest.
Last Friday evening, our choir performed at Limogne, a small town on top of the limestone causse, not far over the border between the Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne départements. It has a good Sunday morning market.
Our choir was inaugurated in February 2012 and this was only our second proper gig away from our home territory. The first was the carol service at Cajarc (Lot) last December.
Le choeur de Parisot is now more than 50 strong and has French, British, Dutch, Belgian and Swedish (the SF) members – plus a few I’ve probably forgotten. We shared last Friday’s billing with a small choir of a dozen voices, called – appropriately – Voices. They sang a programme of modern songs. Our programme was more traditional, ranging from Thomas Tallis up to Jacques Brel. It was very gratifying to see the church full – around 250 people were in the audience.
Before the concert, the choir shared an auberge espagnole (everyone brings a dish) in the salle des fêtes near the church.
One of the highlights – naturally – was the SF singing a solo: a negro spiritual called ‘Nobody Knows the Trouble I See’. His rich baritone voice is perfectly suited to the demands of the piece. For obvious reasons, I was unable to take photos during the concert so the one below is courtesy of friends who were there.
Our conductor Peter Nowfel has been keeping our noses to the grindstone for the past few weeks (swine – it’s okay; private joke). Rightly so, since we usually fall far short of perfection in rehearsals, despite his efforts. Fortunately, in performances we seem to go the extra mile, fuelled by adrenalin. Alas, only Peter’s back view is destined to be recorded for posterity (see above).
Our next effort will be on our home territory in l’église Saint-Andéol at Parisot this coming Saturday (20th April) at 20h30. If you’re in the area you will be most welcome. But get there early for a chance of getting a decent seat. Modesty forbids me to say that we pull in the crowds but we do seem to have a very faithful local following, for which we are really grateful.
Our next concerts will be as follows:
- Saturday 15th June – Eglise de Ginals (venue and time TBA)
- Sunday 30th June – Eglise Saint-Andéol at Parisot (time TBA).
Venez nombreux, as they say.
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