Pick Nick’s Notes

I hope that everyone continues to keep safe and well. At least we have something else to commemorate this week. People in Southwell have embraced the spirit of VE Day. Here are some pictures that I took on our daily exercise walk yesterday. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmN5c7h3

Proud parent moments:

Our younger son, Edward, unemployed with a lot of time on his hands, did this arrangement of The Baked Potato Song. He is singing all the parts. https://www.facebook.com/ed.thorpe.3/videos/10156783112292245/

Roger and Jane Poat sent this one of Lizzie’s choir: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Firishcountrymagazine.ie%2Fsinging-and-dancing-our-way-through-lockdown%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1i4NDOVAhFanr77pVuU-zSak6zAEUwBFQO7i4FaGTmYU6ZO4U5NyzyAIo&h=AT0IS2eibQkpi33d2Dd52mbK2sTRVEI-izff4aN9fmF-nFXLwfnYq5EApjvdI8iwHstA9pfAXfKqArVkzU9P_ghexfAggTUk4NXNn4HUM7c_023NhgIvEvVTmeXHWCVvtmT1jlYX2xtWYiTFwiekv5w
We all have such talented offspring, let’s celebrate it.

This week I am giving you the opportunity to check the notes of Laudate Dominum. Firstly, an apology: I neglected to check the pitch of the Netherlands Chamber Choir version, sorry. Thanks to those (sopranos!) who pointed out that it is a tone higher. Ruth has sourced a recording by the Cambridge Singers, conducted by John Rutter, which is of exactly our edition. Thanks, Ruth. It can be found on the Newstead Abbey playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9Gytr4q-Y6SzafzUHpXFYlu1GHdsu9RN  It is a good recording but the articulation is a too detached for my liking.

I haven’t made a video of my own this week but have fabricated a series of audio files for you to use. They are all in our key and are at a slower speed. There is one for each part with the relevant notes highlighted for you to listen and sing along with plus an equally balanced full version. The sounds are synthesised and there are no words but I hope will be useful for you to learn your part. You can work at your own pace then sing along with the full version or at full speed with the Cambridge Singers.

Here are the audios:

Soprano 1: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3n8owpnc3wtk80p/Laudate%20Dominum%20S1%20.mp3?dl=0

Soprano 2: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j5q1za9uzhncnm0/Laudate%20Dominum%20S2%20.mp3?dl=0

Alto: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ddtn6opa9gd5gq/Laudate%20Dominum%20A%20.mp3?dl=0

Tenor: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vrv754hz3jgpge2/Laudate%20Dominum%20T%20.mp3?dl=0

Bass: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kdtl4x1jc09t74f/Laudate%20Dominum%20B%20.mp3?dl=0

Full: https://www.dropbox.com/s/45s1tbq6vmyec1v/Laudate%20Dominum%20Full.mp3?dl=0

I hope that when we are allowed to reassemble everyone will be note perfect.

Any requests for next week?


2 thoughts on “Pick Nick’s Notes

  1. Hi Nick, Thanks for all the work that’s gone into this. Loved the VE day photos too! Yes, the Rutter/Cambridge Singers version of Laudate seems almost ‘choppy’ (to use a definitely non-technical term!) However I think I have now got to grips with the interval between bars 13 & 14 in the S2 part; is there a reason why this seems a more difficult interval to master? Hope you’ve had a good week. Ruth

    • Thanks for the question:
      I think that there are two probable reasons.
      1) the rather abrupt change of register – it is significantly higher than the previous two phrases.
      2) the E flats on bar 13 beat 3 in the tenor and bass.


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