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Choir

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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Choir

A quiet month, without news of choir members, but no news is good news. I assume all our members are fit and well, enjoying their usual health. After all the lovely weather we’ve had, and I hope you’ve been making the most of it, I am writing this on a very dull day, so at least we are getting variety in the weather. More freedom, if you feel it’s appropriate to take it, the beaches should be quiet today, but personally I am biding my time to see how things go.

Last month our choir member, Margaret, proved she was familiar with the music of her youth, she was the only member to recognize all four of the songs from the words of the first line. Well done again, Margaret, you are rapidly becoming the one to beat. If anyone else wants a ‘go’, the lyrics were,

1) My tears are falling ‘cos you’ve taken her away…….
2) I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m a gonna raise a holler….
3) When you see a gentleman bee round a lady bee buzzin’….
4) I’d like to thank the guy who wrote the song that made my baby fall in love with me….

And here’s a joke I thought they may enjoy, and perhaps you too, I love it..

‘I was visiting my daughter last night, when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
“This is the twenty-first century”, she said, “we don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad.”

I can tell you this, ……..that fly never knew what hit him!’

Take care, stay well, and cheerful.

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Choir meetings suspended

With immediate effect, due to the situation with the Coronavirus, the meetings of the choir have sadly been suspended until further notice. We look forward to returning in good voice, as soon as we are able.

Good wishes to all our members. Take Care.

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News from the Choir

Our apologies for our absence from the Showcase. We missed it and regretted being unable to participate in the event which we usually enjoy, and where we hope to entertain members. Unfortunately, our Musical Director had been absent since September, and we only learned in November that she would not be returning before Christmas. We had been treading water, anticipating her return at every meeting, until we learned she would not be returning before at least January. Sadly, Christine has since resigned, her injury is improving only very slowly and she cannot see the possibility of returning in the near future.

Many thanks to the two wonderful people who responded to our request for an accompanist, had we been able to sing at the Showcase. Thank you both, it was an amazing response to a request at one meeting. Ultimately, we weren’t ready to perform satisfactorily, so were unable to take up either offer, but we do appreciate their willing generosity (and I’m holding on to their contact details!).

Thankfully, Margaret, our accompanist, is willing to carry on with both roles for the time being, she is already looking toward this years Showcase, so hopefully we can now progress.

Our apologies and thanks again. To contact the group leader, please use the form below:-

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