This virtual choir from Roedean School (which I believe is in South Africa) is pretty darn sweet! And what a surprise that this was mixed in Milpitas, California. Very near my city.

From the YouTube page:
Apart in uncertain times, but together in spirit and song. May our choir’s virtual performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah be a timely reminder that we are indeed #TogetherApart

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CREDITS

Hallelujah
By Roedean School (SA)

Composer: Leonard Cohen
Vocal and instrumental arrangement: Ralf Schmitt

Choir: Roedean School (SA)

VIDEO CREDITS

Creative Consultancy: Andrew Timm Creative
Creative Director: Andrew Timm
Editors: Adino Trapani and Charl Joubert
Cameraman: Peter Groenewald
Shooting Location: Roedean School (SA), Johannesburg, South Africa

SOUND CREDITS

Choir: Roedean School (SA)
Choirmaster: Ralf Schmitt
Director of Music: Marius Brink
Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Bill Hare
Guitars: Nathan Smith and Bill Hare
Clarinet: Marius Brink
Orchestration: Ralf Schmitt

Roedean School (SA) Executive Head: Fiona Rogers

Mixed and Mastered at Bill Hare Productions, Milpitas, California, USA

29. February 2020 · 1 comment · Categories: vocal · Tags: , ,

I am listening to this so I figure I’ll share it with the few who still visit this site.

Miserere by James Macmillan recorded live at Trinitatis Kirke, Copenhagen in April 2019. Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier

Rachmaninov: Blazhen muzh (from All-Night Vigil)
Tenebrae; Nigel Short, Conductor

25. December 2019 · Comments Off on Star in the East · Categories: Christmas · Tags: , , ,

L.A. Choral Lab; Michael Alfera, Conductor & Artistic Director

24. December 2019 · Comments Off on Advent, Day Twenty-four · Categories: Advent · Tags: , , , ,

Sibelius: Giv mig ej glans
Zero8

There are a number of translations of this carol and you can read them here.

23. December 2019 · Comments Off on Advent, Day Twenty-three · Categories: Advent, Christmas · Tags: , , , ,

Gustav Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
The Washington Master Chorale; Thomas Colohan, Conductor

22. December 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Christmas · Tags: , , ,

Weyse: Julen har bragt velsignet bud
DR KoncertKoret; Phillip Faber, Director

This is just running the text through Google translate so I’m sure it’s not quite accurate!

Christmas has brought blessed commandments.
Now old and young are rejoicing:
What the angels sang in the world,
now all little kids have to sing.
The branch from the tree of life stands beautiful
with lights like birds on twigs.
The child who delights in piety and beauty,
never lose that joy.

Joy is the guest of the earth today
with the king of heaven the little one.
You poor sparrow! Fly down from the roof
with the pigeon for Christmas party!
Dance, little kid, on mother’s lap!
A nice day is round:
Today, our dear Savior was born
and the Paradise Road found.

The Savior Himself was a child like us,
today he lay in his cradle.
The garden in which the angels of God fly,
Jesus will open for us.
The King of Heaven lives among us,
He brings us the Christmas joy,
he embraces every child’s soul on earth
and promise us angel wings.

22. December 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Ramble · Tags: , , ,

Huron Carol, arr by Sarah Quartel
L.A. Choral Lab; Michael Alfera, Conductor & Artistic Director

21. December 2019 · Comments Off on Advent, Day Twenty-one · Categories: Advent · Tags: , , ,

Mary’s Hiding, arr. Beaudrot
Atlanta Master Chorale; Dr. Eric Nelson, Conductor

Before these possessions you love
slip away, say what Mary said
when she was surprised by Gabriel.

I’ll hide inside God.

Naked in her room
she saw a form of beauty
that could give her new life.

Like the sun coming up,
or a rose as it opens,
she leaped, as her habit was,
out of herself into the presence.

There was fire in the channel of her breath.
Light and majesty came.

I am smoke from that fire
and proof of its existence,
more than any external form.

16. December 2019 · Comments Off on Advent, Day Sixteen · Categories: Advent · Tags: , , ,

Byrd: Rorate caeli
Cappella Nicolai