Gurning our words by part

11 May

Hi everyone

Can it only be week 2. It seems like we’ve been back to rehearsals for longer doesn’t it?

This week we were introduced to the tag team of Andy and Mark with Phil on piano. They’re our three musical maestros, a bit like the Three Tenors. I’ll have to think of a name for them with three in it, other than the Three Degrees which is shouting in my head at the moment. The Three Musketeers, perhaps? Three Amigos? Three Wise Men? Three Little Pigs?

We started the rehearsal with Mark’s funky warm ups, the ‘Ba Da Da’ one. We did this exercise a few times last week to get it into our head, and this week we added shoulders. I can’t wait for next week, when I presume we’ll be adding in knees and toes 😉

Adding in the shoulder move to singing harmonies, side stepping, clapping and breathing caused a bit of a car crash, so was quickly stopped.

Mark took us through the end of ‘This is the Hour’ which if you sing Alto 2 could be renamed ‘This is our note’ as we seem to be on a F for most of it. We sang it all for Andy, who then took us through some gurning exercises of ‘Vvvvvvvv’, ‘Zzzzzzzzzz’, ‘Nor nor nor’ and the good old Deidre/Diva opera singing exercise.


Nor, nor nor. This is our F.

Nor, nor nor. This is our F


There was more gurning with ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to help us spit out the words. We had a panto moment with our pointing ‘he’s there’ [behind you].  This could be added into another concert number – ‘He’s there the Phantom of the Opera’ —— ‘Look out, look out, look out, look out’. Granted it might break the tension in the song, but it might work.


Phantom of the Op-purrer

Phantom of the Op-purrer


From opera to shoop shoop, shang-a-langing in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. Aren’t we versatile? I’d quite like to sit out at the front for this one, so I can hear what it sounds like as a whole. I might pull a sickie next week and sit in the lurgy corner as a treat. That’s lurgy corner, which is just along from Skid Row.


Downton where the folks are broke.

Downton where the folks are broke

Downton where your life's a joke.

Downton where your life’s a joke


Then to the land where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. Yes that’s right Annfield Plain County Durham, where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain. Unfortunately I had to sneak out in the middle as my back was really sore, so for me it was only an OK rehearsal. I look forward to catching up next week with the LAHOMA bit I missed.

So I’m not fully sure how the rehearsal ended. Was it with a shouted ‘yee-ow’ by any chance?

See you all next week.

Lorraine x


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