Madrid, Spain

The second foreign concert of the season, and it’s in the quaint Spanish town of Soria, a few hours’ drive from Madrid. We’ve decided to stay at an airport hotel in order to take early flights home for the weekend and so we’re driving out this afternoon through the Spanish countryside. Bella’s school autumn fair is tomorrow so I’ve elected to take the first flight of the day – it’ll be painful but worth it!!!

Tonight we’re singing the beautiful Spanish lullabye Con amores, la mi madre from memory for the first time in this line-up. People often ask us about memorisation, because many think that we sing everything without music, but in fact it’s only a relatively small proportion of repertoire that we commit to memory. The decision is taken because for us memorisation has to ADD something to the performance – simply memorising for the sake of it adds nothing and can occasionally detract from the poise of a sacred piece of music.

In this instance, though, it’s well worth it as the piece is so versatile and is the perfect encore in a church setting. If you don’t know it, have a listen online – it’s taken from the Chanson d’amour album and is in “quinta” form, meaning 5 beats in each bar (in this case, quaver beats). Bob Chilcott’s stunningly beautiful arrangement captures the simplicity and innocence of the sentiment perfectly!


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