Earlier this week I spent an afternoon recording - with Jimmy Tuffrey - the tenor and bass chorus parts of the first two scenes of Home By Christmas, Mark Lawrence and Claire Williamson's new dramatic cantata, to be premiered in the Colston Hall on 17th December. The soprano and alto parts have, I believe, been added by Beth Spilsbury.
The two scenes which we've done - and there are two more to come - are possibly the ones in which the chorus have the most to do. I can now authoritatively say that the chorus lines are very accessible, with some very nice lines, naturally inviting harmonies and good word-matching between tune and lyrics.
But the secret is that they sound (and, if you're a music-reader, look) more complicated than they really are.
A big well done to Mark and Claire - this is such a worthwhile project and I'm really looking forward to it all coming together.