Hope you had a fabulous Christmas Break! I know I did. It was filled with sleep, more food than I think I’ve consumed all year, a strange new addition to cheese, and my first paycheck! It was a rather nice feeling checking my bank account on payday.
I’m looking forward to 2017. Don’t ask me why, but I have a feeling this is gonna be a really great year. Might be simply because 2016 was so shit that anything will seem better, but I don’t think that’s it. I can just feel it. 2017 will be a good year.
It started off well, anyway. I spent my Wednesday in the purpose built recording studio of the RSNO building in Glasgow, recording the first National Youth Choir of Scotland CD in over 15 years! How cool is that?!
We recorded a piece called Cantos Sagrados, a piece which combines the poetry of Ariel Dorfman and Ana Maria Mendosa with a selection of religious texts, by Scottish composer James MacMillan.
And let me tell you…that shit is hard!
Not only is the music itself incredibly difficult, but the subject matter of the poetry, the political repression of Latin American cultures and countries, and the stories they tell make the piece a difficult one emotionally, both for the performer and listener.
But ladies and gentlemen, I implore you, when this CD becomes available to buy, do so.
Cantos Sagrados is an incredible piece, and this recording by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is the first time the piece has ever been recorded with orchestra, and the effect is stunning.
The CD will also contain music we performed on our tour of the USA, music which, and I feel I speak for the majority, if not all, of the choir when I say that this music is now very dear to our hearts. We’ve laughed, cried, sweated and just had a fabulous time performing this music, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to record it and save the wondrous sound we all make together forever.
NYCoS is one of the top performing choirs of the world, and I’m not just saying that because I am one of the very lucky people who get to say I am a member of such an incredible choir. It truly is a miraculous institution, helping to develop and nurture music and vocal talent across Scotland from the ground up. Being a member of NYCoS has changed my life. I’ve made incredible lifelong friends, I truly believe my voice would not have developed the way it has without NYCoS and its training, and it has also helped me grow and develop as a person. NYCoS is a part of my DNA, both as a person and as a musician, and I am truly and incredibly thankful for that.
This is one of the reasons that this week’s recording session was in a way bittersweet, as, for some of the members of the choir you will hear recorded, this was their last hurrah, the last time some of my lifelong friends will perform with NYCoS.
But what a way to go, eh?
This post got really emotional and soppy at the end there, I’ve no idea how that happened. That was not the plan when I sat down to write. I’ll keep you updated as to when the CD will be available to buy, and share a link to it here and on all my social media accounts.
Until the next time.
*Featured image by the fabulous Stephanie Strachan, one of those lifelong friends I’ve made during my time with NYCoS!!