We’re in Germany for a few days enjoying the long days of summer, if not perfect summer weather. Yesterday we drove from Oberweissbach, in the mountains of the Thüringer Wald, to the Bavarian Alps, and the lovely town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Tonight we perform in the Festival, which features music by Richard Strauss, and our programme includes Strauss’s Drei Männerchöre, which set poetry by Friedrich Rückert. The songs are Von der Türen, Traumlicht, and Im Maien. We have sung Traumlicht many times, but the other two are new to the group. Richard Strauss has a distinct musical language, which takes a bit of getting used to, but it is worth the effort. The programme will also include works by Lassus, Debussy and Ligeti – quite a mixed bag of repertoire.

Tomorrow we head back home for a few days, to include rehearsals for a new programme, which we will sing at this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival. This programme marks the 150th anniversary of one of the great works of children’s literature, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We will sing music that complements the madcap world that Carroll describes in his book. Alongside this will be excerpts from the book. It will be an entertaining evening, I think, which we hope will be a fitting tribute to Alice and all the characters she meets in Wonderland.


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