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Choir

We aren’t able to return to Sherwood House yet, apparently the rules regarding Covid preclude it, but they have indicated they look forward to our returning as the residents enjoy our meetings. That’s cheering, as the search for our musical director and accompanist goes on.

I have submitted a request for musical assistance to both my local Ravenshead Newsletter and the NG15 magazine, which should appear in their next editions. Hopefully, someone will respond, and we will find someone willing to help who will enjoy the choir as much as we do. In the meantime, please consider whether you can help in any way, I’m happy to follow up any useful suggestions.

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We haven’t had a speedy response to our request for either a volunteer musical director or accompanist, and can’t meet again until we do, so we have therefore spread our net wider. Siobhan is making enquiries, but there is also a request on the u3a Facebook page, and those choir members on Facebook have been asked to include the information on their own pages.

Would you bear our need in mind, and think of mentioning it on your own pages, please? Your help would be appreciated, volunteers could come from anywhere, and obviously the more we spread the word, the better our chance of recruiting someone. It entails a commitment of four, enjoyable, hours each month, with a little forward planning. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know, they can contact me, via the form below, for any information they need to help them decide if they’d like to join us. No pressure!

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Choir needs an Accompanist/Musical Director

On behalf of our choir members I send many thanks and all good wishes to our accompanist and musical director, who has decided now is a suitable time to retire from her much-appreciated roles with us. Most choir members will be aware that Margaret Craig has been our excellent accompanist since the choir’s inception, and following our MDs retirement also recently took on that additional role. All of our members will want to express their thanks, Margaret will be sorely missed, but has earned her retirement, and she leaves with all our good wishes for her future adventures.

This creates, of course, a super opportunity for anyone with musical experience interested in becoming involved with a small but enthusiastic harmonic choir. We need an accompanist, and a musical director, with sufficient musical knowledge, willing to give us four hours per month (two x two-hourly meetings).

Do you think you may have the skills required, and could enjoy extending your interest in music, perhaps in a new direction? Margaret has indicated a willingness to continue to help, including giving guidance if required, perhaps for someone considering taking on one of the roles for the first time. Unless you prefer it, you will not be left to cope alone. We need you, so that we can resume our happy meetings, so please consider it if you would like to have a go, think you could do it, or know someone else who may be suitable. Thank you.

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It is difficult to join an established group, especially when, as with the choir, the group is given knowledge which is needed at future meetings.

Last month, I suggested that we could hopefully look forward to returning to choir meetings, and that the break caused by the pandemic had created a wonderful opportunity to make it easier for anyone interested in singing, to join in. It’s such a rare opportunity that I thought I would repeat it. I have received some responses, but the more members who decide to try it, the easier it will be for everyone, including established members who will no doubt enjoy a refresher, (and who may even gain a greater understanding than they did the first time round). It’s a tiny benefit from the pandemic, and if you’ve ever been tempted to join us it would be a pity to miss what hopefully will be a unique opportunity. Who knows how well you’ll do?

When I joined the choir I hadn’t sung with others since my primary school days, but a few years ago was able to perform with the Halle Choir at their Christmas Concert at the Royal Concert Hall. It was a challenge, I didn’t know the standard required, and went into the first rehearsal prepared for rejection and disappointment, but I was accepted and didn’t have any difficulties. Not a tremendous achievement, but an unexpected and happy memory for someone with my limited training and experience, singing, facing an audience of 2000, with a prestigious orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall. If you’ve ever been tempted to join a choir, do give yourself a chance to see where it could take you, or just be happy to have fun with us.

I’d like to thank choir members for their good wishes whilst I have been incapacitated in recent weeks, I appreciated your kind thoughts. I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to each of you, but typing continues to be extremely painful, and remains for some time afterward. (Obviously, I didn’t type this!)

Enjoy the Summer, everyone, and keep safe.

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‘June is busting out all over’ … It’s going to be much easier to sing with the sun shining, although the weather won’t put off anyone who likes to sing, they just may not do it with quite the same brio. Now that we can begin to see the possibility of actually meeting up again, (to me Covid has seemed a bit like being pregnant, you know it must end, but it doesn’t seem absolutely real until there are definite signs of it happening).

I wonder if anyone else would like to consider joining the choir? You could always come to see what we do, join in or watch. Get in touch nearer the date of our recommencing and we can arrange it. It would be a good time for anyone new to choir singing, and lacking confidence, to give it a go, as we aren’t back yet and it’s already been fourteen months since we sang together, so we’re going to be rusty! Hope to see you all before too long.

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