I love our choir conductor: he has perfected the art of murmuring inoffensive sarcasm. We're singing Haydn's "Missa Cellensis" (which is not easy) and Handel's "Ode for St Cecilia's Day". Three of his recent asides:
I'm encouraged by the look of faint recognition on your faces as you sang that. [Our concert is in two weeks... .]
This is easy because it's in unison. [Pause] It didn't actually sound like it.
This is a hard bit. If you're - you know - game to have a go but not sure of what you're singing - [sorrowful shake of the head] - don't.