We are pleased to announce the names of Saffy’s kittens! The kittens will be registered with the GCCF as follows:
|Pedigree Name||Pet Name||M/F||Coat Pattern / Colour||Previously…|
|CHORUS LOVE’S PHILOSOPHY||Sophie||F||BCR / Brown||Head|
|CHORUS LIFE’S DELIGHT||Delia||F||BCR / Brown||Bottom|
|CHORUS FAIR HOUSE OF JOY||Joy||F||BCR / Brown||Blank|
|CHORUS CRIMSON PETAL||Petal||F||TCR / Brown||Front Right|
|CHORUS LOVELY ROSE||Rose||F||TCR / Brown||Back Left|
|CHORUS DARLING CHARLIE||Charlie||M||TCR / Brown||Back Right|
|CHORUS ROLLICUM-RORUM||Rollie||M||TCR / Brown||Front Left|
Lizzi was kind enough to agree that our GCCF prefix – CHORUS – could be based around my other passion of singing and choral music. With it came the idea to name all our kittens on related themes – you can find our register here. It helps to have a short prefix, as GCCF pedigree names can only be up to 26 characters long, including spaces and the prefix itself. So, whoever gets kittens from “COUNTRYSIDEMAINECOONS” (currently the longest prefix) isn’t going to get very interesting titles as the rest of the name can only have 4 letters!
The names in this litter are all based on songs by English composer Roger Quilter (1877-1953), except for Rollie who’s name was inspired by a song by Quilter’s younger contemporary Gerald Finzi (1901-1956). I have sung most of the Quilter songs, and have a special fondness for Love’s Philosophy which is my favourite poem (and one of my favourite songs too). Our friend who helped us with the names for our last litter cleverly suggested names for both boys – we are lucky to have our own kitten-naming consultant! When our kittens go to new homes, we fully expect their new families to choose a different pet name, however quite a few of our kittens have retained their pet names which makes the effort we put into this feel very worthwhile.
Here’s the music behind the names – click on the pedigree name below to listen to each song, and on the next link in each line for the lyrics.
- CHORUS LOVE’S PHILOSOPHY – Love’s Philosophy, from a poem of the same name by Percy Bysshe Shelley published in 1819
- CHORUS LIFE’S DELIGHT – My Life’s Delight, from the poem Come, O come, my life’s delight! by Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
- CHORUS FAIR HOUSE OF JOY – Fair House of Joy, from an Elizabethan poem by an anonymous poet
- CHORUS CRIMSON PETAL – Now sleeps the crimson petal – from a poem of the same name by Alfred Tennyson published in 1847
- CHORUS LOVELY ROSE – Go, lovely Rose – from a poem of the same name by Edmund Waller (1606–1687)
- CHORUS DARLING CHARLIE – Charlie is my Darling – a setting of the trad. Scottish song published in The Arnold Book of Old Songs (1947)
- CHORUS ROLLICUM-RORUM – Rollicum Rorum – Finzi’s setting of Thomas Hardy’s poem The Sergeant’s Song first published in 1880
We’ll follow up tomorrow with news of the kittens’ progress this week and more photographs.
Best wishes, Mike & Lizzi