Sunday, 1 January 2012

Potsdam with orchestra

Excellent and highly enjoyable concert with the Brandenburgischen Staatsorchesters Frankfurt, and maestro Howard Griffiths MBE.
Full crowd once again - must find out what is in the German water! - all set for a jolly New Year's concert - the 1st of 2012.

Lovely to sing the chorus parts for the joyful Blue Danube, as well as Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman and our own Hush Macushla with orchestra (we are used to doing them with piano). 

Great to exercise our orchestrations of the Comedian Harmonists favourites, Mein kleiner, grüner Kaktus & Schöne Isabella von Kastilien, and to expand our string-quartet-accompanied version of Stevie Wonder's I Just Called to Say I Love You (arranged by the great Gordon Langford) to full strings.  We also sang our a cappella faves, Caravan, Strangers in the Night, The Lambeth Walk and The History of Western Music.
The orchestra also had their own flourishes with more Strauss plus José Pablo de Moncayo, Gordon Jacob, Geronimo Gimenez and Arturo Márquez  - all fantastic.

Howard seems to think we should do all this again sometime; well, let's start with tomorrow... and then think of more opportunities!

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