Wow! Are we really singing here?!

Today was our first rehearsal for Mozart, Mealor, Martin - Music of Joy and Sorrow at Carnegie Hall. Yes, THE Carnegie Hall in New York! It was an early start, 7.30am New York time, so it was yellow cab rides across town to get to the rehearsal venue.

As we entered the lobby we were met with a sea of heads and couldn't quite believe we would soon be singing in the most famous concert hall in the world.  It felt like a dream, standing alongside choirs from all over the world.

We are taking part in the world premiere of Paul Mealor's newest commission, Jubilate Deo, as part of the Music of Joy and Sorrow concert.  There are 18 choirs from across the world performing, and all of them are being merged to become one huge global choir. Paul told us about the meaning of the piece, which documents Mary witnessing the death of her son, Jesus. 

There was a rehearsal seating plan for different sections (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) which really integrated everyone taking part! Every choir was introduced then, following a group shoulder massage and a short set of arm swinging exercises, we were ready to sing!  And to hear all those voices singing together was amazing!

Last updated: Monday 15 February 2016

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