A choir member lends me some old scores bound in red leather – two oratorios by a major composer – King Saul and Judith by C. H. H. Parry.
Had my family around me for Easter thank goodness. After dinner show my Dad the score of Judith and sing through the big tune. Tough going without his reading glasses, but still beautiful.
Pax Christi performs Handel’s Solomon with orchestra, soloists, off book and dramatized, high school students from Fr John Redmond. Excitement palpable!
Great Canadian Hymn contest brings together composers from across the country. Need to start planning for next season – possibly perform Judith?
Finzi In terra pax, Willan Mystery of Bethlehem, Martin Legend of the bird. Nice to have Trevor back from the UK to sing. Children’s Messiah hit hard by snowstorm. Subsequent ice storm paralyzes Toronto, but lots of time to play through Judith while power is off.
20 singers in my living room sing through all of Judith. Great relief – they love the choruses. Dramatic sight singing from soloists too. 2 hours of music – not as long as Novello catalogue says it is.
Applications due to the Ontario Arts Council. Are we doing Judith? Absolutely.
Made our YouTube video with pro filmmaker Robert diVito – now wait for editing.
Game changer! Phone call from a donor who will sponsor Judith in Koerner Hall. $15,000 will get us the best concert hall in Toronto. Full steam ahead on The Parry Project.
Called Koerner Hall today. Miraculously the best possible date is available – Sunday, May 3rd 2015 at 3pm.
March 29 2014
Fancy fundraiser at Columbus centre. Did well and everyone had a great time. Saving up for future big projects. Judith -The Apostles- European tour?
Released our video on YouTube. 2000 hits in the first two weeks.
Toured our Langlais, Fauré, Martin, Randall Thompson concert to Kitchener and repeated in Toronto. Choir grows in skill, confidence and fellowship. Great houses in both venues due to the hard work of Jennifer Collins, Pax board and family. Very satisfying.
Fabulously talented singers audition for Judith. Heartbreaking – can’t give everyone a role! But I think we have our cast.
Major set back. Novello has no orchestral score for Judith. No parts. Yikes!
I ask for help from Parry’s biographer, Jeremy Dibble at Durham Univeristy, UK. We form a research group to reconstruct Parry’s full score. Grad students at York University are keen to get working.
June 22, 2014
Brian Power gives me two more Judith piano vocal scores, one belonging to a British soprano Ida Kahn. Who was she?
Friends for Monday night dinner. Sang through the big tunes in Judith once again. Everyone a bit weepy.
Jeremy Dibble receives digital copy of the full score today. My student John-Luke anxious to get started transcribing from the original manuscript.
Skype meeting with grad students. Floydd Ricketts joins the team to transcribe the manuscript.
We’ve a huge job ahead us – very exciting to bring Judith back to life.