ON Saturday 23rd July the Camerata choir took part in the 3rd, Association of choirs for the Baleares, coral competition organized by Llubi town council. It was a wonderful evening and a pleasure to take part. Made all the more of a pleasure as we won the best choir award. You can see us all in the picture above singing our hearts out.
On Saturday I had the pleasure of going to see Jose Mercé a famous Flamenco singer. The guitarist was incredible and the atmosphere built up wonderfully with each song he sang. I know this is an acquired taste in music however it is hard to ignore the mastery of this type of music in the timing and use of both the guitar and the vocal chords of the singer.
Both Jose and his guitarist were completely together on timing a wonderful performance. At one point Jose walked away from the microphone and sang to the audience from the front of the stage. It was wonderful and a standing ovation was the response. The applause at the end seemed to go on for an age with everyone on their feet and hoping for more.
Here is a short video I am afraid the sound quality does not do the performance justice but you get the idea.
The official blurb:-
9th July Jose Mercé – He is an indispensable figure in the summer festivals in Andalucía, as he is the most successful and famous cantaor on the flamenco scene.
Here is a video from Jose himself so you can really hear his heart felt singing and the wonderful guitarist in the quality they deserve.
On Sunday 24th April The Club Pollença were given a delight with the performances by two young women one on Piano and Elena Armenteros on the Harp. To be honest I have never heard a harp other than when it is part of a large orchestra and I thoroughly enjoy the variety of pieces they had chosen. The two women played together very well, the timing excellent. Complimenting each other with each piece of music.
An absolute joy and highly recommended if you hear of another concert by them, they call themselves the “Amara Duo”.
To sing at such an event was a most wonderful experience, with over 2 thousand people in the congregation. Standing room only…. it took my breath away. The cathedral was at its best all fully lit and showing itself in its full glory. After months of rehearsals as individual choirs and then each Saturday at the Basilica in Palma for the last month we finally had a rehearsal in the Cathedral seen below.
The only rehearsal in the Cathedral with no sound system.
When videos come out of the performance I will put them in a new post.
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Requiem by Fauré, Palma Cathedral
If you are in Mallorca this will be a wonderful concert. The rehearsals have been going well and everyone loves performing this wonderful music. There are two chirldrens choirs and two adults choirs, plus an orchestra.
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Club Pollença - April 2011
Sunday evening 3rd April
Valdemossa and Camerata Pollensines Choirs
A pleasant evening had by all and both choirs sang well. This was a reciprocal visit as the Camerata performed in Valdemossas last year. You can see videos of this event earlier on this web site.
It is always a pleasure to see relationships building and it is my experience since being with the Camerata that this is happening within the Mallorca Choral community more and more thanks to the willingness of the musical directors to participate in joint ventures.
As is the custom the two choirs enjoyed refreshments afterwards and of course sang together before Valdemossa left for the journey home.