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Sadly, for the second consecutive year the choir won’t be performing for the u3a at Christmas. From last Summer our poor musical director suffered a string of accidents and ill health which eventually forced her to resign, we didn’t have time to practise and reach an appropriate standard in time for the u3a Christmas celebrations. It was a source of regret to us all. As well as the pleasure of feeling we were able to make a contribution, we enjoy performing, it gives us something to work toward, and the satisfaction of achieving something together.

We looked forward to this year, and at the time no-one could have suspected, or believed, that we would now be in the current situation! However, the news is good, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. We have hope that we’ll make it next year, when this year may just be a distant memory of a horrid experience we coped with, and survived.

In the meantime, stay safe. Happy Christmas everyone, and all good wishes for a peaceful and happy new year. ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light….’

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I should have liked the choir to be able to meet on Zoom, perhaps to sing together, even if it couldn’t be properly coordinated. Optimistically, I attended the Zoom meeting for group leaders, or those hoping to host a meeting, and learned it couldn’t reasonably happen. I should have realized, as obviously only one person can properly be heard at a time. It seems our only hope would be to have meetings with, in effect, a soloist and a muted backing group! I’m sorry to say to the few who responded expressing an interest, that it isn’t going to happen. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to sing alone, or indeed appear to fellow choir members to be miming! (previously, it has cruelly been suggested that some members have mimed over difficult bits, but that couldn’t be true, I don’t believe it and shouldn’t want it to appear that way).

We’ll wait, practise at home and sing with much more energy when we finally get together again. With that in mind, and to enable us to actually remember songs in our repertoire, can I remind members that some of us will be practising, alone, ‘All That Jazz’ on 4th November, a usual meeting date, at or around our usual time of 1.30 pm if they want to join us, and of course, anyone else is welcome. If you know it, join in, you can pretend to be Catherine Zeta Jones, and consider yourself a choir member for the duration.

As I write this it has been announced that Nottingham will be in Tier 3 from Thursday, although by the time you read this I assume it will be a well-established fact. Not cheering, but nothing we can’t cope with. Our parents and grandparents went through a war, some through two, for prolonged periods with little or no control over whether they lived or died, to some extent we have choices. Do make use of our Ring and Sing service if it helps, I intend to when my birthday comes around!

Good wishes, take care and stay safe,
Christine

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Last month a choir member carried out our first sung greeting, to mark a birthday, using our new Ring and Sing service. Apparently it was enjoyed by both the recipient of the good wishes, and the singer. Well done to our brave first singer, it takes courage to sing alone into a telephone, to what could be an unknown U3A member. Feel free to request a greeting if you’d like it, or know someone who would, there is an email form for requests below (we would need to know a date, reason for the celebration, any greeting you would like conveyed, the recipient’s telephone number, and your ‘phone number would be helpful, for speed in case of queries). We would give the name of the sender with a greeting. It appears our celebrations may be quiet affairs for a while longer, so a friendly voice with a happy greeting could be welcome.

If choir members would like to practise something from our repertoire we have at least one very suitable song for the season, Autumn Leaves. We haven’t done it recently (for a long time before the lockdown) so perhaps we could all have a go. We can think of each other as we make plenty of noise singing alone. Take care, and we’ll see each other when we can. Nothing lasts forever, even if it begins to feel a little like it.

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Written in haste, as I lost track of the date for some strange reason. A quick ‘Hello’ to choir members, I hope everyone is well, and keeping up with their singing, we don’t want to be croaky when we finally get together again. Things are looking up, if you’re brave or foolhardy enough (depending on your point of view) to join in things as they resume. I was sad to see that grandmothers can’t expect to get any hugs this Christmas, but I think that may be a rule that will be broken! Enjoy what you feel able to do, and see you when we can meet, and perhaps we’ll have a group hug… or not. Take care.

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Choir – ‘Ring and Sing’

Would anyone like a sung birthday, or other, greeting over the ‘phone for anyone? A group of choir members are willing to ‘Ring and Sing’ a greeting, in response to requests. The initiative is in response to our awareness that many lockdown birthdays have passed without much acknowledgement or celebration, some in solitude. As our outings are still restricted, and may be for some time, a call may still be appreciated, or it may be appreciated at any time. The knowledge that someone is thinking of us is usually welcome. If you would like to request a greeting for someone, or yourself, please contact me in writing to avoid errors. The best way is via the website form, (under ‘News’ select ‘Choir’ and the form is within the text on the left). If you don’t have email, perhaps someone would send the email for you or a note could be handed to me at a meeting. We should need the name and ‘phone number to ring, the date and description of the event and, in case of a query, your name and contact details. On the day someone will ring and sing a simple greeting, ‘Happy Birthday to You’ or similar, and could pass on a short goodwill message. To all those members who have had a quiet lockdown birthday, we send belated good wishes, and if ‘Ring and Sing’ proves popular perhaps you can catch us next year! (Please remember, we are choir members, not soloists, but prepared to have a go)

During this month we had a small music test, to recognize lyrics from songs in our repertoire. If you’d like to test yourselves the list is below, and as you don’t have our music you can have the extra information the choir weren’t given, there are seven songs featured. Only one member who responded got them all, so well done, Marilyn, that was brilliant, as even Google wasn’t a help with the one that proved a problem.

Here are the lyrics, I hope they encourage you to sing along: ‘Far, far away someone was weeping, never’ve I once looked back to sigh over the romance behind me so I made up my mind it must come to an end. Near, far, wherever you are, when you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle, lie warm in thy nest, by moonbeams caressed. I know such enchantment can be, ‘cause it happened one evening to me.’ (If you have a go and are stuck and would like to know any, you could email me via the form below, now that I’ve belatedly become aware of it!) Take care.

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