Collective resonance, sonic unity Throughout the year, we have all missed our choirs, including this one. We have missed getting together, learning, performing, conversing and laughing together. Humanity is community. Over the year, I looked back at our previous pieces, but much more so since our Madeira performance was cancelled. As a result, a new […]
About Neil Black
Endocrinology & Diabetes Physician in Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland. I've been Assistant Director for Acute Services since April 2017.
I sing tenor and am in two choirs at present. I joined the Irish Doctors' Choir for its inaugural event in November 2017 and am a committee member and also public relations officer, operating the Facebook page and Twitter account. The IDC is a fun and rewarding community and the choral experiences are edifying to say the least.
Entries by Neil Black
Recording our own voice as audio alone or video of us singing is not something that we are used to. Many of us feel uncomfortable when we hear our own voice played back as we don’t trust the quality of our own voice and are afraid of facing it. This is bigger than anticipating hearing […]
As others sat in cosy homes, enjoying seeing the best team win the Rugby World Cup, the intrepid Cork team were preparing for their local rehearsal. Brian and I arrived late as our train had been hit by weekend engineering works. On the way down, I entertained him with live comments from the Cork Singers […]
We are hot off the heels of our highly-appreciated short set yesterday at the Europa, Belfast. We performed at the International Conference in Palliative Dementia Care, in front of the NI Permanent Secretary for Health. It is the first of three invites to perform at Healthcare conferences during this year. So what’s the deal? Traipse […]
What was different about the 4th IDC big weekend event? So far, Mahler 2nd Symphony, Rachmaninov All Night Vigil, Bach for Advent, so in our first 18 months we certainly hit the ground running. Well, this was more time to take stock and consolidate. We have learnt loads technically and about our ensemble so far, but this […]
Newman University Church, Sunday 25th November 2018 It’s now a full week since our Bach for Advent experience. We had a one-day workshop during which we tested the water and made many new colleagues, some of whom joined us later, including a lovely musical colleague singing alto from near Vienna who now lives in Dublin. In […]
A reflection on Mahler 8 by Frank, one of our wonderful bass singers… Our first rehearsal with Brian was hard work for all with only three main voice parts (S)ATB and a small cohort of singers We worked mainly on words and rhythm. Pitching was problematic at times. His positivity and ability to fix things […]