Friendly challenge

This weekend’s challenge is “Friend”.

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I used to be a musician, now I’m only a musician by proxy as I have far too little time to practice. Last week we had a chance to tour the Riviera with the Paris 14th district choir and our friends from the Orsay Symphonic Orchestra. I have almost become the official photographer of the choir. I follow my friends – I used to sing with them – wherever they go and I take my cameras and lenses with me. Lighting isn’t always top notch but this time it was, as above with this concert at a hall in Ste Maxime in extremely good lighting conditions.

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And I’m not just trying to be Mr nice guy here. They are doing a pretty nice job with these works which are more than challenging. Their rendition of Schubert’s mass in E flat major D950 in Marseille last week was really really good. I was up there on the balcony, next to the 18th century organ in the Church of St Cannat, a 17th century gem in a more than derelict state. I stayed for an hour not daring to move, captivated by the music. 

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I was staying on the narrow pathway with clear instructions not to move an inch for fear of seeing the whole thing crumble to dust and me undergoing a 30 foot fall.

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The concert was really nice, and although I wasn’t a fan of Schubert’s E flat major D950 mass, now I am.

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The choir, which goes by the name of famous 20th century composer Darius Milhaud, at he holy Trinity church in Paris last year in July.

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The Orsay Orchestra conducted by Martin Barral. Barral is also a very talented Cellist.

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It’s nice to have friends and listen to great music.

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And visit little heard of monuments like the sublime 18th century Protestant church in Grenelle (here during a concert of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas). I’m used to climbing and walking all over the place in order to picture my musical friends from various angles.

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7 thoughts on “Friendly challenge

  1. What a marvelous (and exclusive) spot you had from which to enjoy the concert, Yann. I can see why you’ve become the de facto official photographer, because your images are lovely. What a treat for your friends to have photos of their performance! And what a treat for you, too, to discover a work you previously didn’t much care for. Sometimes all it takes is a different context or interpretation to bring a piece to life …

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