I’ve enjoyed these for a while now and here is a new one:

From the YouTube page:

The Stay At Home Choir presents ‘Locus Iste’ by Gareth Malone, performed by 1500 singers from around the world, accompanied by Gareth Malone on piano and Gabriella Swallow on cello.

‘Locus Iste’ was specially written by Gareth Malone for the Stay At Home Choir to perform. This moving but optimistic piece is a new setting of a traditional Latin text used to consecrate churches: “locus iste a Deo factus est (this place was made by God)”. Written during lockdown, the song inspires us to find the sacred in our everyday spaces.

Our global choir took part in the ‘Locus Iste’ project over four weeks in April-May 2021. This final video is the culmination of online rehearsals, masterclasses, and global socials led by Gareth Malone, choirmaster Graham Bier, and Stay At Home Choir co-founders Tori Longdon and Jamie Wright.

JOIN THE STAY AT HOME CHOIR

The Stay At Home Choir is a global community of 27,000 members from 75+ countries around the world. Our mission is to make high quality music-making accessible to a worldwide community of musicians. We welcome all singers with any level of experience.

To learn more and join our next project with The Swingles, visit https://www.stayathomechoir.com.

We provide opportunities for our members to learn from, and perform with, some of the best artists in the world. We’ve collaborated with I Fagiolini, Gareth Malone, The King’s Singers, The Swingles, VOCES8, John Rutter, Marin Alsop, The Sixteen, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @stayathomechoir

SUPPORT US

Our projects are Pay-As-You-Feel and, thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, we’ve provided hundreds of free places to those who need them.

You can support the Stay At Home Choir by donating here:

08. February 2021 · Comments Off on And Finally … · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes

Yes, one more (But where is “video #1”?!):

Scot Hostetler on all instruments

Quarantine video #2
May 2020
Trio for Oboe, Horn, and Piano by Carl Reinecke (first movement)
This is just an experiment to see what the piece would sound like with English horn instead of French horn.

Just WOW …

Scot Hostetler on all instruments

Quarantine video #3
June 2020
Brahms Chorale Prelude #5 “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele” op 122
Originally for organ, I play this on the oboe d’amore, English horn, and bassoon. I love this piece especially for the gorgeous last bar.

08. February 2021 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, English horn

My friend and colleague, Pam Hakl, brought this to my attention. It’s wonderful!

From the YouTube page:
Quarantine video #4
Feb 2021
Just discovered this piece (“A Summer’s Tale” by Josef Suk) thanks to a recent Berlin Philharmonic broadcast! One of the biggest orchestral English horn parts, and it’s for TWO English horns! This is the complete third movement, subtitled “Blind Musicians”
Scott Hostetler

I enjoyed this … maybe some of you will as well.

From the YouTube page:
Padayon is a song of encouragement for one to continue or to proceed even – or, especially – when life becomes difficult. The text is meant to be a kind of gentle persuasion for one to take control of one’s circumstance. The word “Padayon”, from the Visayan language that means “to continue”, simply captures the idea behind this work. All the hardships that we have encountered must – instead of serving as hindrances – compel us to carry on and continue.

I was quite moved by this: these doctors, working on the front lines of this pandemic, making music … and sending us messages along the way. I hope you enjoy it as well. They KNOW. They’ve SEEN. They continue to work hard and fight this awful virus. They risk their lives to save others. I am grateful.

I must thank oboist Andrea Plesnarski for bringing this to my attention!

07. December 2020 · Comments Off on Opera San José’s THREE DECEMBERS · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Opera

I just finished watching “The Making of THREE DECEMBERS” and I must say even that is mighty impressive, so I’m pretty darn sure the video of the opera itself will be great.

You can purchase your ticket here.

26. November 2020 · Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving to Those in the USofA · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes

And happy day to everyone else! Every day is a day to give thanks.

The Promise of Living by Aaron Copland
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Virtual Choir with Ryan Jackson and Patrick Kreeger, Piano

22. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Sunday Hymn Sing · Tags: , , ,

Greg Gilpin: For the Beauty of the Earth.
Virtual Choir including Grand Cities Children’s Choir and more; Greg Gilpin, Conductor

01. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

J. S. Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
CONSORT SW1; Richard McVeigh, Director and Organist