Archive for September 2013

A New Role   6 comments

Many years ago, I took advantage of a singular opportunity to travel to Santa Barbara to reconnect with one of my heroes, Sir David Willcocks (I had accompanied for him for many years at Westminster Choir College, among other places, during the 80s, when I lived in the east), at a choral workshop put on by Cantori Domino. 

This led to a 15-year relationship where my dear wife and I both sang, and I occasionally played in their orchestra. Now, with the sad passing of Mary Gerlitz (see “A Fond Remembrance” below), Cantori Domino’s artistic director, Bunny Thornburgh, has asked me to be their new accompanist, and I have accepted.

With enthusiasm! Though I enjoy singing very much with this group – one of the finest choirs in LA – I am very much looking forward to playing for this outstanding group of singers as well! It will be great fun as well as a privilege to accompany for this choir!

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A Good and Sweet New Year Indeed   Leave a comment

I’m slowly coming down from our wonderful High Holy Days services at Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada. What a pleasure it was to be a part of this, and to hear the room resound with vigorous singing from the congregation as well as the choir!

Over the past couple of years I’ve done about a dozen full choral arrangements of some of the significant High Holy Days music, and it was wonderful to prepare our special High Holy Days choir to sing them, which they did beautifully, and even more wonderful to hear the congregation responding with gusto.

As always, Rabbi Goldfarb and Rabbi/Cantor Yoni Regev gave thoughtful, warm sermons. In addition to singing with gusto, many congregants participated with enthusiasm as readers and in other roles. Truly, a magnificent collaborative effort.

The services were streamed online, and you can watch them from this archive.

L’Shanah Tovah u’Mitukah ~ To A Good And Sweet New Year!

Posted September 17, 2013 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

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