The drive home was a monster too, with drizzle, rain up to hard rain, and fog. Was very glad to get home. It's gorgeous music but I'd rather sing it in a place where I've rehearsed more than a half hour before.
I must praise our bass Julius, though. The usual bass soloist suddenly had to work (don't know what his other job is) and couldn't be there. Julius is a HS senior with a busy schedule and a gorgeous bass voice. David tells all of us to pay attention to other parts any time we're not singing, so Julius had been listening to the bass soloist in rehearsal. So when David called him last night and asked if he could take over--he said yes. And boy did he pull off the solos today...which are not simple, since it's Purcell. (For those who know Purcell, the big one was "The Bell Anthem" or "Rejoice in the Lord Always.")