Jay_S wrote: ↑
<span title="Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:43 am">2 weeks ago</span>
Interesting discussion. I have nothing to add but I find the idea of 'choir breathing' kind of fascinating
Yes, it's a very good thing. I've been telling my choir this, but they tend to forget where they're supposed to breathe most of the time.
Padmachou wrote: ↑
<span title="Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:31 pm">2 weeks ago</span>
Libera boys MUST do the same, seeing how much they like eyeing each other during concerts
Totally!! No matter how skillful they are, their lungs have not yet fully developed to have enough storage for all the air required (and we adults also have problems with it, let alone boys from 7-16). And yes, they DO take frequent breaths in 'Sanctus'. However, they do that so skillfully & smoothly that I sometimes have to remind myself that these are a group of young boys, these are a group of young boys...
filiarheni wrote: ↑
<span title="Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:26 pm">2 weeks ago</span>
I second Padmachou, it's really easy, andmar. The conductors I have experienced simply told us that we should breathe choir-like - can any native speaker name the right English expression? - and let us do the rest on our own ("you here, me there") or sometimes we breathe when we are sure that our neighbours don't ... and anyway, it's a short breathing only - grab (nip? snap?), so that everyone's interruption of the song is as short as possible.
Well. One of a choir conductor's best-practised arts is to forbid breathing.
Agree, but I have to say although the concept seems easy, my (children) choir has quite a difficult job doing that smoothly enough (well, not to my ears). I have to think of a strategy for them and am hoping it will work.
andmar wrote: ↑
<span title="Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:05 pm">2 weeks ago</span>
It must be difficult for a choir to sing that way. I'd prefer that explanation much more over the one with recording the voice and playing it back, as I'm not a great fan of too much electronic manipulation of the natural voices.
I still think that the opening of 'Venite Adoramus' is synchronized (also the legato in 'From A Distance' at the point where Alex M begins to sing his solo).
It does not sound very natural - I think even if they really sing that, their voices must have been edited pretty much (in that case I really want to see these songs in lives with the real voices).
Some of you have come to the concerts where 'From A Distance' was sung, may I ask if the choir joined the accompaniment in the first solo verse?