Handwashers’ Newsletter 29th March 2020

‘This is the CCS Home Service’

(You’re too young to get it.)

We hope you are all coping in these difficult times and keeping well. Though the ‘Choral’ bit can’t happen right now, the ‘Society’ bit can, so we’ll keep knocking out Newsletters for now. Several members have commented that music helps them, so there’s plenty more below.

By all means email timp470@btinternet.com if you want to contact other members or if you have a contribution to a Newsletter.

STREAMING MUSIC

Fiona, our Treasurer, suggests the following sources of world-class music if you are into screaming streaming:

 – Berlin Phil. is currently offering 30 days free access to their virtual concert hall, but you have to register for this and redeem a voucher by the end of this month

 – Metropolitan Opera are streaming a new opera each evening, which is then available for the next 20 hours

 – LSO are streaming concerts on Sunday and Thursday evenings

Fiona also suggests: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/ which offers lots of music – if you scroll down to the bottom of the page then it has a calendar showing what is playing when.

ANOTHER TIMELY POEM

Thank you, Jenny Hall, for another timely poem:

IN THE TIME OF QUIET (original source unknown) 

No one’s told the daffodils about the pause to Spring

And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing

No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round

And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground

No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood

And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud

No one’s told the sky to douse its brightest shades of blue

And stop the scudding clouds from puffing headlong into view

No one’s asked the lambs to still the springs beneath their feet,

To stop their rapid rush and quell each joyful bleat

No one’s told the stream to halt its gurgle or its flow

And warned the playful breezes, not to gust and blow

No one’s asked the raindrops not to fall upon the earth

And fail to quench the soil in the season of rebirth

No one’s locked the sun down, or dimmed the shimmer of the moon

And even in the darkest night, the stars are still immune

Remember what you value, remember who is dear

Close the doors to danger and keep your family near

In the quiet all around us take the time to sit and stare

And wonder at the glory unfurling everywhere

Look towards the future, after the ordeal

And keep faith in Mother Nature’s power and will to heal

BEETHOVEN GOING DUTCH

Lorna has found this remarkable performance by players of the Rotterdam Phil; do play it: https://slippedisc.com/2020/03/believe-it-orchestra-plays-beethoven-9th-from-their-homes/ . . . . and remember that, coronaboris permitting, we’ll be working on the Choral Fantasia, forerunner of the Choral Symphony, next term.

MALONE AT HOME

Several members have suggested singing along with Gareth so send the family out for their one daily exercise, shut all windows and doors and go for it here: www.greatbritishhomechorus.com

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Chairman Andy recommends this to bring back memories for the less young: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uLYcWln0uQg

That lot should keep you out of mischief for a bit!

AND FINALLY . . .

STILL HAVEN’T DECIDED

WHERE TO GO 

FOR EASTER

 

THE SITTING ROOM

OR THE BEDROOM