- Erdinger Weissbier is an acceptable 0% alcohol beer.
- On Ash Wednesday, always wipe off ash before removing one’s surplice.
- Performance time of Allegri’s Miserere Mei, Deus is 12 to 13 minutes, and if sung during the ashing might be tailored to the size of the congregation, cut from end of v8 to the start of v17, i.e. only 4 top Cs in total if sop’s solo is shaky.
- Remember during Friday practice, there’ll be a choir Mass at half-time rather than “graveyard ghosts”.
- Wash your feet on Maundy Thursday, it might be you.
- Don’t forget Laetare Sunday, or you won’t be in the pink.
- Sitting through a service in a wet surplice in distinctly unpleasant. Remember an umbrella for the ecumenical walk on Palm Sunday;
- Don’t go for a 10km run if you are planning to sing at Stations on a Sunday evening: it involves genuflecting a minimum of 16 times, before Benediction.
- Of all seasons, Lent has the best choral music, it’s generally a capella, and there are often fewer in the congregation to mess up the acoustic.
- Discourage Director of Music to arrange any non-liturgical singing during Holy Week, such as concerts &c; with rehearsals, there will be ~20 hours singing from Palm Sunday to Easter Day.
- During the Gloria on Maundy Thursday, it’s the choir versus the servers (with the bells) and the choir must win. They might be louder, but don’t have the stamina.
Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Lenten tips for choristers" in Law & Religion UK, 1 March 2017, http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2017/03/01/lenten-tips-for-choristers/