66 / Community Choir

This post was contributed by my brother

Can I share my excitement with you? Well, this Saturday evening the choir I belong to will be singing in our town church with a really good orchestra to a packed house. Can you believe it, we sold out of tickets two weeks ago, so are bound to raise a goodly sum for the local charities chosen by our Citizen’s Advice Bureau, who invited us to perform?
Felicity and I nervously joined our community choir nearly nine years ago, shortly after it was formed. It was a leap of faith, as neither of us was confident, had almost no experience of singing with others and could not read music.

What a stroke of good fortune it has been, to be swept along by the brilliance of our musical directors. Over the years, we have been taught to sing in four-part harmony, have performed music as diverse as Carl Jenkin’s,” The Armed Man”, Gershwin’s Classics, show music, pop music, African chants, you name it and we have had a go at it. It’s been such fun and we have raised shed loads of money for Cancer Research UK and other charities into the bargain.

Now I write this blog not to boast, but to give an insight into the way in which this community has developed. There are usually about 85 of us who rehearse together, quite a number of whom are refugees from some form of crisis in their lives. Felicity and I meet and greet, so we get all these stories first hand. What a joy it is to see people who have approached the door like rabbits caught in a spotlight, only to be bounding in a few sessions later, full of confidence and ready to sing.


Roll on Saturday! Strength of numbers allows inhibitions to fly, mouths to open and joyful chords to blend.  

PS. My brother has since messaged me to say the concert was a resounding success and a goodly sum, indeed, was raised and donated to cancer research.

© Benóg Brady Bates

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