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2005-11-04 Question and Answer Session

held after the concert in St. Cathrines
reviewed by Maryann

 

Q&A from St. Catherine's

What follows is what I can recall from a question & answer session after the St. Catherine's concert. The concert was very exciting, fabulous and a smash hit, and everyone, especially me, lurrved them to pieces. But I must concentrate on writing a good review, and the right words to describe them (if there are any) will not come to me right now, so I will first off dispatch this information as best I can remember it. Please forgive me if I misquote something.

An interviewer from a radio station posed some questions, and people in the group asked a few others. Someone asked about their backgrounds and training and how they met. Mr. Morris and Mr. Nelson said how they had gone to school together and that they saw Mr. Gilsenan later.

Someone asked about them working with Air Supply, and Mr. Gilsenan was talking about the singers' voices, something technical about the way they sing. Also, the Tenors were asked why they use microphones, i.e., whether they realize the natural beauty of their voices is getting drowned out by electronic feedback and hurting people's ears (sorry I didn't sugar coat that) (although there were only a couple of times at that concert where the amplifiers were too loud). There is a reason why they do that. Mr. Gilsenan said that not all the songs are good to sing in that range and that loudly on each note. I'm not educated at music, so I can't explain that very well without being able to remember his exact words. I believe Mr. Nelson added to that discussion. It is too much a strain on their voices to sing so much and so loud. They do use natural sound in a place with really perfect acoustics. I had thought so, because it seems like the places they don't use microphones were buildings designed a long time ago before they had microphones. Like very old churches and things; I suppose old-time singers just had to sing loudly enough all the time.

 

Someone else asked a most interesting question, which I have often thought about, which was, how they all realized they had their talent as children. Mr. Gilsenan said something like, he was from a small area where everyone knew you, and that he had a teacher who liked to find out everyone's particular talents and encourage them in the pursuit thereof. He said how he was also an engineer and took up singing with The Celtic Tenors about seven years ago, I think.

 

Mr. Nelson told a rather sad story about how when he was a child and singing in church, his voice cracked on a high note and he ran down to his mother in floods of tears. Then he later focused on instrumental music and organ music and teaching and got back to singing later on. He said he came to it "late in life" and some older people in the crowd laughed at that….

 

Mr. Morris said that he was a boy soprano and was in lots of things. He said that as a child, he just sang without thinking about it, because that is what children do. He said his voice broke around age 29 and he had to struggle for awhile to find his voice again. He said he found it now and it's there every day when he wakes up. It was very interesting for him to say he struggled to find it. He really puts a lot of effort into singing and you can tell, and I think he probably had the same struggle to find his beautiful voice even though it was there all the time.