I've joined a choir!
my dear old mum passed away in November, years of dedicated caring for
her came to a sudden stop and for the first time in decades (if you
count caring for my alcoholic husband too) I suddenly had time for
myself. I had yearned for some ME time for ages, but now I actually had
it. Time to pursue house improvement projects and some hobbies. Truth be
told I was so dazzled by the newly acquired freedom, it was difficult
to know where to start.
have some major works on the house in view - two new bathrooms for a
start, as both are stuck in a 1960s time warp. The showers barely dribble
and the colours are so old-fashioned, so it all needs dragging into the
2020s. The kitchen needs a slight overhaul too and the general
decoration of the rest of the house, which I did myself back in
2010-2012, now needs renewing.
that wasn't going to fill all my time or make me some new friends, so I
had a big think and decided the first toe in the water was to join a
choir. I have always liked singing (well, that's what I call it), so
decided it would be nice to do it in a trained way and meet other people
in the process.
local choir was just the thing. Although I like classical music, I'm
not into singing it. The choir I chose is a selection of gospel,
Beatles, Abba, Carpenters. That sort of thing. Gentle melodies with
4-part harmonies. There's about 80 of us in the choir. A lot of Altos
and Sopranos, with a light sprinkling of Bass and Tenor.
have really enjoyed the weekly rehearsals and, guess what, made new
friends too. We already have quite a big repertoire and the choir
mistress makes it all fun and we do hilarious warm-up exercises at the
beginning of each session which reduce us to giggles.
is a concert each term. The last one (and very first one for me) was
scheduled in early March at the local church where we rehearse. I got
all dolled up for it, even excitedly dragged Kay along for moral
support, but when we got there, the church was all in darkness. It had
been cancelled the day before because of a very heavy snowfall. In
actual fact, by the time of the concert, the snow had completely melted.
If only they had waited a few hours more! As I was the new girl, they
had not got my email onto the system in time to tell me. I was so
disappointed that my debut as a star would not happen.
next concert was yesterday lunchtime. We were to sing at a local
comprehensive school summer fair along with other choirs. We had honed
our repertoire to perfection in rehearsals and I was all geared up for
it. My best friend, who lives a two-hour drive away, wanted to come
along to see it and stay with me for a day or two, so all was prepared,
beds made, food bought ready for the big day. Then, less than 24 hours
before, late on Saturday afternoon, I received an email to say the
concert had been cancelled. The pianist was ill. Now one cancellation
was unfortunate, but two was beginning to show an alarming pattern.
Although I do enjoy the rehearsals, I am beginning to think the choir is
a tad disorganised.
then again, Londoners were spared the moment, when they would have been
exposed to the warbling of the lesser spotted Addy. Maybe not a pretty
sound after all.