IRED OF CHATTER pushing rehearsal time back? A few polite greetings is fine, but sometimes it can be hard to get people to put away the news of the day and get ready to sing. Cut the small talk and get stuck into the task at hand with this ancient “Oration before quire practice.” The leader has only to intone the first word to signal the singers to take up the antiphon.
Repleatur os meum laude tua, ut possim cantare – May my mouth be filled with thy praises that I may sing. The words come from the Psalms. There follows a versicle and response, then a collect invoking Saints Gregory and Cecilia.
How do you start your rehearsals?