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Well if *you* don't know, who does?
Feathers are being ruffled in the world of semi-professional singing again this week. The chairwoman of the choir sent round an e-mail this week setting out all the rehearsal and concert dates from now until the end of the season, and saying that it was IMPERATIVE that EVERY MEMBER be present at EVERY SINGLE REHEARSAL (complete with bold capitals and erry'ting). Saying that she understood that emergencies and overriding obligations were part of life, but that nonetheless absences were INADMISSIBLE.

So I wrote back to her and everyone else, saying that sending that sort of lecturing e-mail to adults was absolutely unacceptable and that we were perfectly capable of appreciating the work done by the conductors and artistic directors even in work or a domestic emergency prevented us from being there at a given date. We don't get paid a red cent for the hours of work we put in learning and performing the music - only the conductors get a stipend, as far as I'm aware - so there's nothing to stop any of us going somewhere else if we're going to get treated like children. I might not even have bitten at all but this is the second time we've received a mail like this in under a year.

Friday's rehearsal is going to be FUN.
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:17, archived)
I hope this culminates in you putting vipers in her radiators, or somesuch.

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:19, archived)
I'd not heard that euphemism before.
The whole thing's a joke, really. There are supposed to be two chapters of the same choir, based in two different but adjoining towns. My chapter is managed by a young and lovely guy who's full of ideas and absolutely devoted to making the musical project a success. The other chapter's managed by a gaggle of crusty old fossils who wouldn't know what musical oecumenism was if it shat on the bonnet of their car.
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:30, archived)
What the fuck word is that?

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:46, archived)
that would be an oecumenical matter

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:47, archived)
I'd never seen it written down before.

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:49, archived)
he's being a greek prick with his fancy o at the start

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:52, archived)
I put the 'o' in 'oegamiom'.

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:55, archived)
Good t shirt slogan

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 13:17, archived)

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:49, archived)
Y'know, outreach and liaising with other people who are doing the same thing that you are.
We sit next to them for an entire evening about once a month and we sing exactly the same music that they do, but they never make any attempt to socialise with us or give the impression that this is actually one over-arching musical project rather than forty people in a room, each doing their own thing.
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:48, archived)
Ecological communism

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:53, archived)
Fucking hell
That person sounds awfully angry. I wonder if her dad constantly promised to be at her school plays, but never turned up.
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:27, archived)
That's certainly a plausible theory.
I can't fathom how else she gets so much pleasure out of being a sour old bitch to people.
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:32, archived)
to be fair to her dad school plays are on the whole pretty dreadful

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:35, archived)
I played with your dad's hole last christmas
and that was pretty dreadful
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:38, archived)

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:43, archived)
god I can imagine
what on earth possessed you to do such a thing?
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:47, archived)
He said "come on! It's CRISSS-MERRRRS!"
The way I saw it, I didn't have any other choice
(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:54, archived)
nearly time to get on the b&b's, i can't wait

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:55, archived)
Probably not getting a hard enough dicking

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:46, archived)
Almost definitely not.

(, Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:49, archived)