John Sharrock Taylor

John Sharrock Taylor

Writer, Genealogist & Patient Choir Basher

LA VID Y LA VIDA


La Vid y La Vida (the Vine and the Life) rehearses, with the aid of a couple of bottles of good wine, on Thursday evenings at el Cortijo del Rector near La Parrilla between Iznajar and Villanueva de Algaidas. The core group currently consists of five sopranos, three altos, a tenor and four basses. Some read music and some don’t, so 'note bashing' - carefully going over each vocal part on the piano - is an important part of our preparation for each event. I also supply a computer programme which helps with the note learning. We are often joined by visiting singers and instrumentalists from further afield. Over the past three 'further afield' has included half a dozen places in Spain, plus Essex, Oxfordshire, Scotland, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex, Germany, the Falkland Islands, Nepal and Lima in Peru. Our Requiem for King Richard III (see the Ricardian Requiem page) featured medieval music specialists from the Gloucester Waits.


Church music is a favourite with all our members and we have sung settings by Arcadelt, Elgar, Bach, Bairstow, Barnby, Burgon, Chesnokov, Dyson, Gabriel Jackson, Rutter, Stainer, Tchaikowsky and Victoria to mention only a few. Our concert in November 2015 consisted of the Faure Requiem and motets by Victoria and the contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen. Although we are not a church choir as such, we have a long-standing link with the Salinas Christian Congregation.


On the lighter side, we revel in Abba, the Beatles, the Beegees, John Denver, Queen, Tony Hatch, Flanders & Swann, Thirties, Forties and Fifties numbers, Gilbert & Sullivan, Songs from the Shows and folk music from Europe and Latin America. We have commemorated 1914-18 and 1939-45 with music from each era.


In December we usually sing not only a traditional carol service but also some schmaltzy favourites round the Christmas tree in local bars. (See the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols page). 


If you would be interested in singing with us, don’t hesitate to contact me through this website. If you are an accomplished singer but only an occasional visitor to the area you will be most welcome to learn your music at home and join us for the final rehearsal.