'Come & Sing' events, where people turn up and learn music in a day purely for the fun of it, are one aspect of my musical life I find hugely enjoyable!
I have had the pleasure of directing a number of highly successful events in recent years, both in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Usually these would be accompanied by piano and/or organ, but a recent event in aid of Waverley Care- a performance of Verdi's monumental Requiem, was 'accompanied' by full symphony orchestra- what a treat that was!
As you might expect, the repertoire tackled at these events tends to be on the straightforward side- a recent event in Belfast, 'Come & Sing Choral Favourites' included all your favourite pieces including Zadok the Priest, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Parry's ceremonial anthem I was glad, and the opening chorus of Orff's Carmina Burana.
However, I do have a penchant for stretching singers where possible (usually without too many casualties!) and one highly successful event in Edinburgh- which attracted a record number of singers- paired Mozart's Requiem with Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna. Even the composer heard about it and granted permission to make copies of his piece!
Other pieces I have directed include several performances of Orff's ever-popular Carmina Burana- which, incidentally, works very well with organ and piano!- Brahms A German Requiem in the composer's own arrangement for piano duet and Rutter's Magnificat.
While I endeavour to achieve some musical 'refinement' my come & sing events are always fun and singers always go away feeling they've achieved something. If you'd like me to run an event for your society please contact me here.