Curlew River chorus

A week of Curlew River chorus music calls is completed: chorusmastering always involves a certain amount of mindreading in terms of anticipating what needs to be in place and how best to achieve that, before 'handing over' the chorus to conductor and director, but this time that is even more the case as the whole project is divided between London and Tokyo, with all the pieces of the jigsaw only coming together in the final week!  Great therefore to have director David Edwards around this week to start to making sense of character and staging with the chorus.  The shows are in a double-bill with the Japanese Noh theatre play Sumidagawa, on which Britten's Curlew River is based, playing in London and Suffolk (Orford church, where Curlew was premiered) in September.