In ‘Cantate Domino’, Pitoni makes effective use of hemiolas (hemiolae…?) – as do many other composers across the choral repertoire. This week’s Social DistanceSING looks at the rhythmic device, starting with an explanation of core musical concepts that often get blurred together in order to explore how, where and why composers use hemiolas, and how we as singers respond to them.

A hat-tip to Daniel Cook, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral, whose idea about the opening of the piece I mention in this video. Daniel’s been uploading a daily virtual organ voluntary since the start of lockdown – you can find his videos here.

Social DistanceSING 7.3 – ‘If ye love me’ (Tallis) – Diction

This third video looking at Tallis’ ‘If ye love me’ is all about diction – pronunciation of vowels and consonants, and how we as singers use this to create and communicate the meaning of the text we’re singing. Diction is a key part of so many different aspects of singing, including tone quality, projection, and musical phrasing – in my opinion, a detailed understanding of diction is one of the most important skills a choir member should have.