Here is a nice editorial from the FACE team following our recent concert to help raise funds.
The Incognito Singers performed two magnificient Autumn Concerts entitled "Songs With Style", at the Teatro Municipal in Zurgena all for the benefit of F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) recently. The 27 strong group of mixed voice singers under the musical guidance of David Murphy, performed for well over an hour and twenty minutes, with a thirty minute break, a superb array of musical numbers ranging through light classical numbers, music from musicals and films such as "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma", and modern popular music by Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston, which delighted it's audiences.
This is the second in a series of three news items about the choir.
David is a new expat to Spain but now more importantly is one of our tenor singers. Here's what he has to say on his experience of joining The Incognito Singers.
On moving to Spain in August 2017 I knew that I would need to have a hobby and a way of meeting people. I love singing and always have since childhood so my partner suggested joining a choir.
The music for the Albert Hall concert in 2018 is almost complete. It's at 85%
Our MD has been busy behind the scenes trying to get all the music complete and posted for singers to start practicing. I know the concert is not until November 2018, but we have to know all the songs from memory!
To date we are still waiting for three pieces to be sent to us, as they may be arrangements of William Relton, the musical director and conductor for the event.
As we cannot attend the regional rehearsals in the UK, there is a rumour that Mr Relton may visit us sometime in 2018 before the big event - OMG!! So we better start rehearsing!
Anyway enjoy the music....
And just exactly what does the Musical Director do anyway....
This is the first in a series of news items focusing in on our musical director, some of our singers and a member of our audience. So we can get a perspective on what The Incognito Singers do and how we are received.
Normally the musical directors role is quite simple, he / she just turn up and conduct the choir at rehearsals and concerts. It can't be that hard, it's only waving your arms about! If only, that was all it was!!!!
In a choir like ours, our MD also chooses the music, orders the music, creates the backing/rehearsal tracks and stores all the music. So he's a librarian too.
The distribution of our music is fairly straight forward as it is all available via our website, so he is the web administrator too.
And when new members join and we need to record all their personal details, send emails and keep everyone generally informed, then he acts as secretary as well.
Generally he manages to keep out of physical contact with stage-wear and just offers suggestions on what he thinks the choir should look like, but a recent trip to Cartagena with Linda our stage manager, saw the MD helping to chose material for the ladies new scarves. Plus he ended up paying for it and he did all the driving!
Surely he doesn't get involved in the finances too? Oh yes he does, up to last year he was treasurer, but thankfully this year he has managed to delegate that role to Natalie (Sop2) to keep the records and Ann (Front of House) to take weekly subscription.
So what about publicity, well thankfully he has Peter (Baritone) who has kindly taken on the role of advertising and concert manager, so that is some burden off his shoulders. Peter knows just how interesting and taxing that aspect of the choir can be.
All in all, most amateur choirs have an MD like ours and if they are lucky have a few good volunteers to help our run things too. It's all about team work and the love of doing it, after all there is no remuneration.