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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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Spring has definitely sprung, we all have something to sing about, and not just the weather, which is glorious today (when I have typed this I am heading for the patio with a Magnum). Although local gardens are looking as beautiful as they will at any time, it is good that we can now have a change of scene, driving non-essential journeys to somewhere further than an exercise walk away! The hills will be alive, whether or not anyone bursts into song.

During the month we had another Ring and Sing request, this time from a choir member for herself, who enjoyed an extra pleasant surprise due to an unexpected musical skill from our choir’s R&S volunteer. Hidden talents, well done. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can sing together, it won’t be soon, but I think we can begin to look forward to it, and so many other things. Keep patient, keep taking care, see you later.

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Spring is here, with snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils blooming everywhere, and things looking up pandemic-wise too. Thank goodness, although I think it may be a while before the choir can sing together again, sadly, we may be amongst the last groups able to resume meetings. It seems singing means lots of heavy breathing and potentially exhaling lots of air droplets on others, which sounds more exciting than only singing, but our choir members do put a lot into it!

Since the last Newsletter one of our members responded to a request for a sung birthday greeting, which I believe went well. It was her first time Ringing and Singing and she was a little nervous, but happy to do it. I hope her efforts were enjoyed, and the unexpected greeting gave a little additional pleasure to the recipient on her special birthday.

This sounds almost too good to be true, but it may be time to tune up folks, dust off our music and exercise our vocal chords, things may be beginning to get back to the longed-for normal (second vaccines next month). Till then, stay safe, we’re nearly there.’

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