A couple of years ago we decided to try and get the Mornington Singers albums available on iTunes and other online download and streaming services. If you record through a record label they can do all of that kind of thing for you, but if you self-publish your music then you need to sign up to a service like Tunecore.
For just $29 (for the first year, and $49 a year after that) you can upload your music to Tunecore, and they will distribute it for sale in all the digital music stores usually within a few days, and then collect all the sales revenue on your behalf. You can then withdraw the money you earn direct into your bank account.
The amount you earn from selling individual songs and albums seems to vary a lot, depending on which music store the buyer uses, and which country they live in. We seem to earn between $0.70-1.05 per download from iTunes, and maybe about half a cent per stream on Spotify.
Overall, it doesn’t bring a huge amount of money each year – maybe a few hundred dollars – but then again we’re selling choral music, which has a more narrow audience. However, it more than covers the costs of using the service, and earns us money with no ongoing effort. Plus it’s a great way to promote your music, and gives you a more professional image.
Had a very successful and enjoyable Christmas carol concert at Christ Church Cathedral last night with the cathedral choir. The concert sold-out several weeks back, and I’m reliably informed by someone “in the know” that we could have sold the concert three times over! Those who did get a ticket were treated to a very nicely balanced programme of carols, topped off by a rousing rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
I’m also back in Christ Church on Saturday night with the Mornington Singers for another carol concert called Noël. That’s also selling well, although there are a few tickets left. The Morningtons were also out singing carols last night in Phibsborough, by all accounts to a delighted crowd.
Then on Sunday the cathedral has it’s service of Five Lessons and Carols, a slightly shorter version of the fully carol service. The full diocesan Nine Lessons and Carols is on Monday, but that’s a ticket-only affair, and I suspect they’re all gone!
And so, as you can imagine, I’ve got Christmas carols coming out of my ears at the moment. But do you know what, I don’t care, because they’re great fun to sing – and really help me get into the festive holiday spirit.
As we near the end of October, so begins the rush of musical activity towards Christmas. This year is by no means the most busy I’ve been, but I wanted to quantify (even if just for myself) all the upcoming performances over the next two months:
- Thursday 1st November – Mass for All Saints Day at Christ Church Cathedral
- Friday 2nd November – Fauré Requiem Concert with the Mornington Singers in Corpus Christi Church Drumcondra
- Saturday 24th November – Pillars of Heaven – the main winter concert for the Mornington Singers in Christ Church Cathedral
- Sunday 2nd December – Advent Procession – a beautiful candle-lit service of Advent carols in Christ Church Cathedral
- Thursday 13th December – Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert – always a very popular event in Christ Church Cathedral
- Saturday 15th December – Noël! Christmas Concert – a selection of beautiful and well-loved Christmas Carols in Christ Church Cathedral
- Sunday 16th December – Five Lessons and Carols – a shorter version of the traditional carol service
- Monday 17th December – Nine Lessons and Carols – the official diocesan carol service – very popular and so free tickets required to get in
- Monday 24th December – Midnight Mass
- Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day Eucharist
This list doesn’t even include the ‘normal’ services and rehearsals I have in between, so I’m sure I’ll be looking forward to a rest in the New Year!
The Mornington Singers, the Dublin based award winning Chamber Choir and conductor Orla Flanagan are delighted this year to present their Christmas concert, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and other seasonal favourites:
– Praetorius-Sandstrom – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
– Tavener – The Lamb / God Is With Us
– Poston – Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
– Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium
– Maxwell Davies – O Magnum Mysterium
The concert will take place on Saturday 12th December at 8pm in the Pro-Cathedral Marlborough Street. Tickets are priced at €15 / €10 concessions. Tickets are available at the door.