Getting into the swing of it
FIVE hours spent standing at a print machine was a true labour of love for Sally Daldorph.
For Sally is the wife of Exeter school teacher, musician, conductor and composer Andrew Daldorph, whose latest works under the banner Swing His Praises are being performed by a massed choir 120 strong and AJ's Big Band at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday, October 12.
The performance features Andrew's jazz A Mass for Life and his new collection of five jazz psalms, both of which have been premiered on a much smaller scale in Beer, Sidmouth and Newton St Cyres. Swing His Praises, however, is the big one for which Andrew has written new scores for all the added musicians. Andrew's oratorio, Songs of Hope and Creation was met with a standing ovation at Exeter Cathedral back in October 2009.
Swing His Praises, again featuring the combined voices of Exeter Chamber Choir and the Tiverton-based East Devon Choral Society, could have the audience dancing in the aisles.
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Sally said: "The jazz mass was a few months in the writing, with a quintet the first time round. And then the psalms he first thought of a couple of years ago as well, first for piano only and jazz quartet, but now arranging it for big band.
"The big band arrangements he thinks probably take him about two hours for every minute's worth of music. So, given it's a full concert programme of about 80 minutes, it's been a busy summer!
"It's not something you can sit down for eight hours and do. He had to do two hour bursts on it because both creatively and just looking at the computer it dries up. So he had to do some work on it most days throughout the summer holiday."
Just before rehearsal with Exeter Chamber Choir at Alphington School, Sally's role in preparations included printing.
"I printed out all the band parts today and it took me five hours – printed them all out and stuck them all together, so that was a nice day."
Sally's concert administration role fits around running their home, taking care of their children and her part-time work in a business development team providing education services to Devon schools.
Four generations of the Daldorph family share a love of music and singing. Both Andrew and Sally's children George, 10, and Imogen, eight, the week of the concert, will be singing in the concert alongside Sally having heard the music constantly throughout the summer holidays. Andrew's parents, from Sidmouth, will be singing with Exeter Chamber Choir, and his grandmother will be in the audience.
Swing His Praises is in Exeter Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 12. Tickets, priced from £7 to £24, are available from Keith Wainwright on 01297 553 955, email email@example.com and also from Exeter Phoenix Box Office, Gandy Street, Exeter (01392 667 080) and online at www.exeterphoenix.org.uk