Oxford & Cambridge NoteRace - teach yourself double bass, pass greade 1 in 9 weeks, oh well ok then, it will be fun!
I am beginning to think that I may have bitten of more than I can chew this time. Never mind, its all for a really worthwhile charity, Homestart. On the 9th of September I’ll be joining 120 grade 8+ standard music teachersto take my grade on examination on the double bass (or possibly cello as I can’t actually reach the bass without standing on cake tins). I’ve got 9 weeks to teach myself, no lessons allowed. Blimey. Here I am below mulling over the enormity of the challenge with flute playing friend Liatt and ace singer/teacher Christine Cairns. Can’t wait, better get practising! Hoping to raise lots of money and at the end of it all there will be a concert, a special concert of 120 grade 1 musicians you see. You are all invited, bring ear plugs just in case! if you would like to support me with a donation please link to my ‘My donate Page’ here!
Its not often that a clever, renowned economics editor pops by for a quick sing of Bohemian Rhapsody. A couple of years back the PM show were looking for viewers to write in with suggestions of things that Robert Peston might get up to on the show.
Being a regular and committed member of our lovely choir and fresh from tour to Italy, Sarah Wood suggested that Robert should pop down to Jericho and have the experience of singing one of pop’s most loved songs, Bohemian Rhapsody with us all. Sarah, and in fact the rest of us, were quite surprised to find out that Robert was up for it.
Then Robert left the BBC and we though that perhaps that was that, but no! With a love of singing and a jolly good spirit Robert agreed to sing with us as he was coming to Oxford for a talk with Tim Harford at Oxford University’s new school of government in Jericho. The choir practiced hard and we recruited an ace band of Al Pirrie on bass, Keith Fairburn on drums, Martin Pickett on piano and Brian May non-look-a-like but much sound-a-like Ben Avison.
On the day Robert arrived for a bit of lunch and a wee practice before his talk in the afternoon.This was a lot of fun anyway never mind the show later! Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly hard song for an amateur singer to pull off and Robert toally threw himself into the whole thing and brought the house down as you can see on the video.
The performance was part of a lovely concert ‘Roses and Castles, curated by Steph Pirrie and Charlie Henry to celebration life in and around the Oxford canal. A celebration of history, stories, music and all things canal.
More about the concert here www.oxfordcanalheritage.org
I am really pleased to be able to offer a new Jericho Singers Lunchtime Choir at St Barnabas Church on a wednesday lunchtime from 12pm to 2pm, bring your lunch! The choir is open access anyone can join and hopefully you'll enjoy picking up some tips along the way that will help you get to know your own voice. We'll be having fun singing lots of music form all over the world. We'll sing some music from the Monday night Jericho Singers repertoire and also some of our own numbers! If you are interested in joining please visit www.jerichosingers.com for more information.