This photograph shows the choir in action singing a piece by Rodrigo. Every member of the choir can be seen and musical director, David Crown, is in wavy-hands action-styley. Excellent.

RPC al la Rodrigo

RPC al la Rodrigo (courtesy of Didier Garcon)

A thank you to Didier Garçon for this photograph.

This weekend the Reading Phoenix Choir completed their new CD recording session. Friday evening, all-day Saturday and all-day Sunday. An exhausting schedule singing some very tricky music.

The, as yet un-named, album will feature items from Barber, Debussy, Holst, Elgar, Rodrigo, and Strauss. The theme is contrasting songs written by these composers for choirs and music written by these composers arranged for choirs. There is some superb music here and it will be a great CD. We are also looking to have it available for purchase and download online.

Here is a photograph taken in the secret recording dungeon of the choir. Or rather the choir taking a break.

Recording Dungeon

Reading Phoenix takes a break from the Secret Recording Dungeon.

We started and ended the entertainment for the Olympic Torch event yesterday. We all had a great time and although we received no TV coverage we’ve already heard good things regarding our performance. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Rehearsal Time

Rehearsal Time

The Reading Torch

The Reading Torch

The Tree of Light is a new work composed by Orlando Gough. The Reading Phoenix Choir (@ReadingPhoenix) are performing items from this work at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium as part of the Olympic Torch celebration event on 10th July.

Whilst we sing there will be dancers dancing and at some point in the evening’s proceedings the Olympic flame will arrive for a good nights rest before it moves on to Winchester and beyond.

Apparently we have performed this before but I think this post in the Get Reading publication was erroneous. I know we did not sing but listed we are!

Not however, in Strada.

The choir has gathered, post Tree of Light, to have an end of season meal, before the last concert of the season at St Nicola’s Church in Newbury.

The rain is hovering just south and is dumping gallons on south-west Hampshire, Dorset and East Devon. There’s been some rain here but not much.

The choir will bring much warmth later as we sing Handle, Elgar, Debussy, Crown and many other pieces from more than five different countries. It’s going to be a great end to the season. Tickets are available on the door.

One of my longer term interests is in Astronomy. A must read for each day is the ongoing image archive provided by NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. An example is below from 3rd July:

Explanation: Humanity’s robot orbiting Saturn has recorded yet another amazing view. That robot, of course, is the spacecraft Cassini, while the new amazing view includes a bright moonthin ringsoddly broken clouds, and warped shadows. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, appears above as a featureless tan as it is continually shrouded in thick clouds. The rings of Saturn are seen as a thin line because they are so flat and imaged nearly edge on. Details of Saturn’s rings are therefore best visible in the dark ring shadows seen across the giant planet’s cloud tops. Since the ring particles orbit in the same plane as Titan, they appear to skewer the foreground moon. In the upper hemisphere of Saturn, the clouds show many details, including dips in long bright bands indicating disturbances in a high altitude jet stream. Recent precise measurements of how much Titan flexes as it orbits Saturn hint that vast oceans of water might exist deep underground.

This little wordpress based site is running on an Amazon EC2 cloud instance (ubuntu 12.04 OS).

It’s a micro sized server with 1cpu and 613MB or memory. However the micro sizes are free within certain limits.

It was certainly a lot easier to setup than other “cloud” vendors I could mention but shall remain nameless.

Photography is a long time hobby. Here is a picture of Oliver and Finlay walking through the woods around the local play park.

Walking in the park

Walking in the park