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Light Rehearsal

February 10, 2013

Yesterday I sat in on a rehearsal by the five singers who comprise Opus Anglicanum. This was both more than and less than a performance: they were practising, before an audience, some of the pieces for their new programme, Light, which will have its first performance at the Cambridge Science Festival on 22 March, with a preview in Wells on 10 March.

I’ve recently revived an old habit of keeping an open notebook on my lap at the cinema or any sort of live performance.  Sometimes I make notes, and once in a while they grow into something (see Warp on the ‘Small Editions’ page, and the page ‘Candlemas’ which describes a recent OA concert). What moved me on this occasion was the good-humoured co-operation between equals; the ego-less-ness of the process of gently finding a consensus on the best way to present the work, to make it shine. It shone.

February afternoon
daylight dwindles
rain in the air

rise
shine
for the light is a-comin’

long windows reflect
the dance of flames
in a dark hedge

et vita
erat
lux hominum

between elm floor
and oak roof-beams
rich close harmonies

to give light
density
texture

and to guide our feet
can I have my pencil back
into peace

don’t let the sibilants get in the way
but let the consonants clash
there’s a dance to it

in a warm E major chord
a soft G natural
shimmers

the garden fades
into dusk
not a twig moves

in another key
and across the rhythm
the church clock strikes five

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2013 11:49 am

    beautiful, thank you for sharing it

  2. February 10, 2013 1:11 pm

    a lovely post which reminded me that i could start having my sketchbook open and ready all the time.

  3. March 11, 2013 8:35 pm

    Thank you, Velma and Jo.

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