A Musical Smorgasbord!

14th May 2011
A Musical Smorgasbord
Cross Street Chapel, Manchester

We’ve had a great weekend with our Swedish visitors from ‘Rostrum’ choir. It’s lovely to share songs, learn some of each other’s favourites and enjoy some general good times!

Listen some highlighted clips here:

Thankyou for the music, Abba

Lullaby of Birdland, Shearing, arr. Carter

Let’s do it, Cole Porter, arr. Blackwell

Linden Lea, Vaughan Williams

Beati Quorum Via, Stanford

The Blue Bird, Stanford

To Daffodils, Darke

And some from their programme:

Danse ikke gråte nå, L Nielsen, arr. Brännström

There must be an angel, Lennox/Steward, arr. M Ekman

Manchester Amateur Choral Competition

We aren’t generally a competition choir – but we like to prepare music to compete every few years, so we can get some feedback and bring a small programme to perfection! This year we entered the MACC for the first time, as they had dropped the minimum number of singers from 25 to 16.

On the day we competed against another 13 choirs, ranging from one a little smaller than us to large scale choral society groups. We were one of only 2 groups who didn’t learn their music by heart – but chatting to other singers backstage we realised that some had been rehearsing for a year!

It was a good day, and a great opportunity to reflect on how other groups do things – We realise that learning your music definately helps you communicate with the audience – but an over-use of “Jazz Hands” can be distracting!

The judges were Jeffrey Lawton, Ian Chesworth and David King, and here are some of their comments:

“… good, …freely produced voices, singing and blending well together. Intonation was pretty solid, …Some of your volume changes were musically very effective; in other places there was scope for a little more dynamic contrast, … The final piece was pretty challenging, and you were definitely a bit too note-bound here. In a competition environment, you might consider singing the pieces from memory rather than holding folders – of course for good readers (and I guess many of you will also be busy singers outside this choir) that is hard work – but it really does help to connect you with the audience.”

“…Good cultured singing”

…and although we weren’t placed on the day, we did learn that we were amongst those vying for 4th place. But we don’t do it for the glory…

Duodecimo in Concert

18th September 2010

As part of New Mills Festival we performed at St James Arts Centre to a happy and appreciative audience.

Duodecimo singing
In full song

We gave a mixed exciting programme from around the world,  singing in English, French, Italian, Russian, Samoan and a bit of Swedish for good measure!  The songs came from a range of traditions, from sacred to secular madrigals and folk songs.

We were excited to be hosted by St James Church as their last concert before they close for a major re-development as an Arts and Heritage centre.

Their review:

Duodecimo sang “exquisitely” to a large audience last Saturday. “It was altogether a superb and calming evening.”


For more information about St James’ plans, click here to go to their website.

Byrd Song and Summer Sun

21st June 2008
Byrd Song and Summer Sun
Emmanuel Church, Didsbury

We enjoyed our ‘one-night-only’ concert with Drake’s Viols, and a CD is available. Or listen some highlighted clips here:

Kyrie, From William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices

Oh Let Me Live For True Love, Thomas Tomkins

Weep No More, Thou Sorry Boy, Thomas Tomkins

Yet Again, As Soon Revived, Thomas Tomkins

Agnus Dei, From William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices