This is part of a series of reflections as I take on the role of Musical Director for the Madrid International Choir, the English speaking choir in Madrid.
The committee of the Madrid International Choir chose St George’s Anglican Church as our rehearsal space.
I think it is a perfect choice and it is a great decision. It’s important to point out that the Madrid International Choir has no affiliation with any church or religion: we are completely secular and welcome persons of any faith or none.
We are very grateful to the authorities of St George’s Anglican Church for allowing us to use this exquisite space for our rehearsals. Find out about the church here.*
Why is it such a perfect rehearsal space?
First, the location. St George’s Anglican Church is on the corner of Calle Nuñez de Balboa and Calle Hermosilla in the Barrio de Salamanca, in the heart of this wonderful and vibrant city.
Check here for the transport links, which are numerous.** The nearest Metro stop, Velázquez, is moments away.
This is important because we want our rehearsal space to be accessible and approachable for everyone.
Second, health and safety. The church is a large open space with numerous doors and windows which provide ventilation. In these times I think we are all aware of the need for space between us and for ventilation, and the church meets these needs perfectly.
Finally, it’s a beautiful space, with a tremendous history of quality musical experiences, a tiny number of which I am really happy to have been part of, and the architecture gives a wonderful acoustic for the kind of quality singing we aspire to. Get ready to hear your voice soar into the high roof and rebound between the arches.
So, thanks again to the church authorities for your welcome.
To the reader, please come and join us at our rehearsals, 19.30 - 21.00 starting on 22 September 2022.