I am very pleased to have the chance to possibly lead a choir at the Wangari Maathai School.
Here you will find information about the choir, the rehearsals, what we are working on and how. That is if there is a choir 🙂
This is what the first meeting sounded like!
We introduced ourselves.
It was great fun, a pleasure and an honour to meet such a fantastically international constellation.
If we get enough participants, the first issues that need to be tackled are:
- find a solution to have a piano in the Choir room (as the black piano will be used by the International Music School piano teacher)
I own a second upright piano which currently needs a new home, so this could be a perfect match. To be discussed with the W.M school.
- Chairs for the rehearsals.
- set a repertoire for a eventual performance on the 20th of December.
I suppose Christmas Carols would be an obvious direction. I would love to do a simple version of Little Drummer Boy. Maybe a Beatles song.
FRIDAY 13th of September 2019.
A wonderful and intense second rehearsal of the Extra C Choir at the Wangari Maathai School. Below is a 6 minutes sample of the work we did!
We had a really nice group comprised of:
Harry, Otto, Balthasar, Anton, Dominik, Liam, Samarth, Arnav and Robel.
We have a long way to go, the kids have a lot of energy, but I am very very thrilled and optimistic about the potential here. Obviously, there is a pool of more experienced singers who will pull the few with less experience. We might even have a few solo singers!
I’ll let figure out who is who.
FRIDAY 20th of September 2019.
The third rehearsal!
Listen to the first 10 seconds of the recording below.
The kids were just singing around as I was getting ready.
What amazing lightness, and what amazing, natural and spontaneous fantasy in their noodling around!
We had a great time with Dominik, Robel, Balthasar, Harry, Liam, Otto and Anton last Friday the 20th of September 2019. Onyedika will be back today (the 27th), looking forward to that: the more, the merrier.
It was fantastic how well and easily the kids react to difficult and sophisticated melodies, notes and rhythmic patterns.
Noticeable improvement in the togetherness of the singing, even though we still have a long way to go.
I expect that road will be a lot of fun.
And what’s best, it will be ever more fun once we have gone down that road and can start tackling more difficult songs!