Sunday September 8th saw the second massed rehearsal for the upcoming Goulburn Oratorio take place. What an amazing experience.

We were joined by the composer, Stephen Leek, as an army of instrumentalists and a phalanx (or is that pharynx?) of singers descended up the Concert Hall at the GRC to rehearse. We are all learning a great deal from the experience of working on this large, multi-faceted piece together - especially me! It is the nature of the beast, I suppose, that we won't really get a complete sense of it until closer to the event itself when everybody who is taking part can finally come together.


Having said that, yesterday was a real success in that we started to get an idea of the variety of the work. The grandeur of the "Overture" was striking, contrasting with the magical solemnity of the "Meeting Song". The soaring beauty of sections like "Dark Secrets", the "Bogong Song" and "The Light", and the haunting atmosphere of "In the Bush", "Spider Season" and "Frosted Dawn Interlude". The overall musical flavour and theme is firmly rooted in the land and nature of the Goulburn region, linking us firmly to our environment and describing clearly our place and role in it. It was wonderful to sense the growing determination from all participants at the rehearsal to work hard and work together to get the music right, and do our best job.

Our composer, Stephen Leek, was highly impressed and excited about the journey we are taking with the music.

Thanks to the many participants who came from as far away as Canberra, Crookwell and the Southern Highlands. I hope you had a great time and are looking forward to the next big get-together in October. In the meantime, it is not too late if you would like to be involved. There is a new Oratorio Voices rehearsal starting on Sept. 25th at 6pm here at the GRC and all are welcome to join that. Or, you can join the Goulburn Community Orchestra, which rehearses at 7pm on Thursday nights.

Onward rolls the Oratorio!

10 September 2013

Paul Scott-Williams

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