Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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12 of 12, March 2020

This is a 12 of 12 in two parts: the first from my class for future maths teachers this morning, and the second from tonight’s TSO Chorus rehearsal.

So, to my class. One focus for this semester’s unit is to look at different types of activity that get school maths students reasoning about conceptual ideas, instead of […]

Shooting the band

Imogen’s band “The Method” has been getting the occasional gig, and, in addition to broadening my musical horizons, this gives me the chance to gain experience as a rock photographer! (I suspect the band has more chance of a career than the photographer!)

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The day after Verdi’s “Requiem”

The reason I had to haste away after the Verdi Requiem was to get back to Tasmania in time to attend Imogen and Josh’s end of year guitar concert. This annual event is organised by their guitar teacher, and features his students performing some of the material they have been working on during the year.

Imogen performed one of […]

Verdi’s “Requiem”

So, while our day-times in Perth were filled with R&R, our evenings were taken up with rehearsals and then our two performances. After an initial get together with the WASO Chorus in another venue, we had our first conductor call on Tuesday night. Here we figured out where the 150 or so of us were going […]

On tour in Perth

Singing with the TSO Chorus is providing some wonderful opportunities to do interesting choral works … and not just within Tasmania. Earlier in the year some of the choir members went to Berlin (but not me, because of lots of reasons); and in November a big group of about 50 of us made the journey across […]

Seven bars of Wagner

In one of the more unusual performances I’ve ever done, the tenors and basses of the TSO Chorus rehearsed furiously to learn our words and music by heart. We also received a health and safety briefing that took several times longer than our actual performance. All of this was done in order that we could sing […]


Having mastered the art of singing in German while doing the St John Passion, the TSO Chorus moved on to Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, which is a symphony-cantata in 13 movements (3 purely orchestral, followed by 10 vocal movements involving the choir and three soloists). There are some lovely moments in the piece, and I think we did a […]

Bach’s “St John Passion”

After several weeks of intense rehearsals, and having a tenor-line rehearsal track on continuous play-back in my car so I could get things into my head and voice as I was driving, we reached the final week of rehearsals and met the performance conductor, Stephen Layton. He is a very famous choral conductor and has […]

Master class with Simon Halsey

The TSO Chorus were privileged to be able to experience a master class day of rehearsals with Simon Halsey, who is a famous English choral conductor (he is Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Artistic Director of the chorus of Palau de la Música Catalana, in Barcelona, and Conductor Laureate of the Berlin […]

12 of 12, February 2019 (and Moods of the Mountain #105)

The day began with a rainy morning, after a hot, dry January with many bushfires. Hopefully the rain will go some way to finally extinguishing the remnant smouldering bits.

My Mum kindly dropped around an egg and bacon pie, which will solve the Tuesday dinner problem before my evening rehearsal (and some other meals later in what […]