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Happyholidayer December 6th, 2017 12:20 PM

QM2 Have you every joined the guest choir
 
When I did the November round trip. I was disappointed I didn't join the choir. The choir sang in the grand lobby and it was quite tremendous. l was very surprised how many people had taken part. Even the on board singers commented how amazing. I will certainly make sure I participate next time.

safarigal December 6th, 2017 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Happyholidayer (Post 54705477)
When I did the November round trip. I was disappointed I didn't join the choir. The choir sang in the grand lobby and it was quite tremendous. l was very surprised how many people had taken part. Even the on board singers commented how amazing. I will certainly make sure I participate next time.

Joining the choir is often quite a time commitment - but it is also tremendous fun! I have joined the QM2 choir for the National Symphony Orchestra crossing, which was absolutely brilliant. Imagine singing Jerusalem on stage with the orchestra, it was a blast! I also joined the choir on QV and we did our concert in the queens Room, another great experience. I met some great other people in the choirs, and besides, singing is my kind of level of commitment to exercise. Do make sure you participate next trip!

Mickb December 6th, 2017 05:46 PM

I joined the choir on a QV cruise last year. I have never sung with a choir before and don’t read music. I think we had 5 x 1 hour rehearsals and then performed on the stairs in the lobby. It was great and I would certainly do it again.

david,Mississauga December 6th, 2017 06:42 PM

On our first crossing in Queen's Grill, in 2010 I believe, we shared a table of eight with Maestro Anthony Inglis. He attempted to conscript - oops, encourage - all of us to join his choir. My wife and I said it would be better for us to join the audience where our singing of Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, etc. would not be heard by others to the same extent. But there were four volunteers from our table.

If we ever again cross during one of the National Symphony's appearances I will take singing lessons. It looked like a lot of fun.

ace2542 December 8th, 2017 06:20 AM

My father joined the choir during the national symphony crossing in on QM2 2016. I got a great video of him singing on the stage.

ArtsyCraftsy December 12th, 2017 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Happyholidayer (Post 54705477)
When I did the November round trip. I was disappointed I didn't join the choir. The choir sang in the grand lobby and it was quite tremendous. l was very surprised how many people had taken part. Even the on board singers commented how amazing. I will certainly make sure I participate next time.



I recently booked a “back-to-back” pair of cruises on the QM2 in September/October 2019: a R/Trip transatlantic from NYC to Hamburg followed by another R/Trip NYC to Quebec. I found out after I’d booked that the National Symphony is “in residence” on the eastbound transatlantic, and that they have a passenger chorus!

I had no idea this was happening, and to say I’m thrilled would be an understatement.

I retired in 2003 from 32 years in high tech/IT to go to university to study music. I finished my undergrad degree with a triple major in conducting, composition, and vocal performance. Went on to get a M.Mus. In choral conducting and a M.A. in music history & literature with a heavy emphasis on women’s choirs. Sang and composed music for several choirs in the Seattle, WA area.

My voice hasn’t aged as gracefully as I’d like, but I can still manage a halfway decent alto line. The trip is almost two years away, so I still have some time to do some “reconditioning” work. I just have to think that this is one of those “meant to be” situations.


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Host Hattie December 12th, 2017 11:47 AM

It certainly does sound like something meant to be, have a wonderful time.

Fairgarth December 12th, 2017 01:41 PM

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I recently booked a “back-to-back” pair of cruises on the QM2 in September/October 2019: a R/Trip transatlantic from NYC to Hamburg followed by another R/Trip NYC to Quebec. I found out after I’d booked that the National Symphony is “in residence” on the eastbound transatlantic, and that they have a passenger chorus!

I had no idea this was happening, and to say I’m thrilled would be an understatement.

I retired in 2003 from 32 years in high tech/IT to go to university to study music. I finished my undergrad degree with a triple major in conducting, composition, and vocal performance. Went on to get a M.Mus. In choral conducting and a M.A. in music history & literature with a heavy emphasis on women’s choirs. Sang and composed music for several choirs in the Seattle, WA area.

My voice hasn’t aged as gracefully as I’d like, but I can still manage a halfway decent alto line. The trip is almost two years away, so I still have some time to do some “reconditioning” work. I just have to think that this is one of those “meant to be” situations.


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Wow! I think that is fantastic! Well done. I retired after a career in accounting and IT, have never done a music degree but have wondered if I could/should. I really admire your determination and achievement. I sing tenor in a choir - only because they are short of tenors but a high G is out of range now - and play trumpet and trombone in local community bands so that's it for me. On an Azamara cruise I joined a passenger choir - the "High C's". That was fun. My wife has video from the front row. I'm sure you'll have a great cruise.

ricki December 12th, 2017 02:31 PM

Do you audition for the choir?

Ricki

TheOldBear December 12th, 2017 03:46 PM

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Do you audition for the choir?

Ricki

I don't know if anyone is turned away, but there is an audition and several rehearsals for the National Symphony crossings.

rtcuse December 12th, 2017 05:20 PM

Do they only have a choir/chorus when the National Symphony is on board?


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AAAAmerican December 12th, 2017 08:16 PM

Yes it is great for Cruisers to participate in the Ab0orad Choir. Voices and Choices!

On our latest 11/26/2017 a.d. to 12/08/2017 a.d R/T Brooklyn, NYC, NY what a wonderful time everyone had even next to the casino people were coming out from depositing funds..

Now only if they shall/will improve the Culinary meals aboard with quality well prepared presentations.. Meals were aweful!

safarigal December 12th, 2017 11:32 PM

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Do they only have a choir/chorus when the National Symphony is on board?


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No. Although the absolute best choir is the one with the NSO (can you imagine singing on stage in the theater - it's quite a treat!), but they also have choirs on other sailings too.


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