|His Excellency Dr. Zola Skweyiya High Commissioner for Republic South Africa|
This concert was sponsored by the Lord's Taverners and underwritten by Underwoods Solicitors with whom I worked on this. Underwoods were happy for me to take any images I liked, they had agreed with the Sheldonian that I could roam wherever I wanted, but could I take some images of the guests and their associated activities on the day. This post deals with the shots that surround the performance and the Sheldonian.
I joined the performers rehearsal as they were warming up - I haven't been "amongst" an Opera troupe before, and certainly not whilst they warmed up. They occupied the bulk of the available floor as they went through their vocal exercises and many of them were doubly occupied, some reading the event programme, some looking at mobile 'phones, some doing both. The sound was one of complete harmony and a number of people, including me, applauded throughout the rehearsal (not the warm-up exercises, I hasten to add).
After the warm up they rehearsed some of the chorus' and arias to be performed later in the day - they concentrated on the "choreography" of both the music and their positions. I have tried to gain a perception of both the joy - which was amply in evidence - and their movement - this wasn't a sacramentally rigid choral ensemble, they employed supreme vocal virtuosity coupled with a real sense of joy with the voice.