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Llandaff Cathedral March 2020
Rehearsing at Llandaff Cathedral, March 2020. Sean Farrell playing the organ.
Evensong at Llandaff Cathedral, March 2020
The new choir scarf ring, part of the ladies’ uniform
Men in Grey, Durham 2019
Our Chairman, Michael and his wife Dorothy, both choir members
Knighton Community Centre St David’s Day 2019
Lichfield Cathedral May 2018
Whilst the coughs seem to have lingered into January, the enthusiasm amongst the choir for the term ahead was palpable. We always enjoy the opportunity to sing choral evensong in Cathedrals and our trip to Llandaff Cathedral on 7th March did not disappoint! We now need to sing at St Asaph, Bangor and Newport to have sung in every Cathedral in Wales. We need a few more than that to complete England!
Good Friday at 6.30pm (April 10th) will see our chamber choir singing at St Mary's Llanfair for a meditation service with Sean Farrell playing the organ. Looking even further ahead on 6th June, we shall be singing at a summer concert at Brampton Bryan by kind invitation of Mrs Susan Harley. Two good dates for your diary.
In the meantime it's back to rehearsing................... and, yes, we're still keen to recruit more basses and tenors so, if you fancy joining in with all that we do then please contact our membership secretary via the website. Of course, you can only attend the end of year choir party in July if you're a member of the choir and, by now, you must know our reputation for being bon viveurs! WE look forward to you joining us there........
Autumn may well be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness but winter proved to be the season of storms, floods, colds and coughs and, as one approaches, Christmas, family commitments. None of which is entirely conducive to ensuring a successful, well-
It was with enormous relief (and no small amount of thanks to all concerned), that our concerts in both Clun and the Everest Hall were well supported. Indeed, our charity concert managed to raise £900 meaning that we shall be donating £300 to each of our three chosen charities: MS-
Chairman's Diary May 2020
Our story starts on March 7th BCL (Before Covid Lockdown -
The following Thursday, with hand washing all the rage, we met for our regular choir practice with the prophetic words "We must assume that every practice is our last -
Inevitably that proved to be our last rehearsal and within a week all the concerts and church events were also cancelled. Now, adults are just children, only older, so knowing the events were cancelled you just knew that no-
It should not have come as any surprise then to be told with only three days warning -
Many of you will have seen the YouTube videos of choirs singing and rehearsing using Zoom. Aren't they wonderful? Aren't they inspiring? It's all lies!
Let us deal with the reality: In this area in which we all live we have our flash "Super-
However, I digress: Our rehearsal starts. We all have our music (there's a first time for everything). Graham raises his baton; he lowers it and instantly our superfast broadband buddies know about it and start singing and being superfast, Graham hears them immediately in time with him, and smiles. Its working .... strangely quiet for 50, but working. However, it is only now that the rest of us see the baton drop and start singing but by the time our signal has reached Graham we are already a bar behind and we can't actually hear anyone else, anyway… the smile stops. The hands signify that we should stop and, like a Mexican wave, the singing from the outlying areas ripples to a close...... BUT by the time the last members have stopped, the superfast brigade have seen the signal to start again.. and so it goes on.
Now, if we had been singing rounds (remember those from school? -
In case you were wondering, you will not be seeing our rehearsal on YouTube!
It was, however, a great evening of fun and camaraderie and wonderful to see our friends again -
I hear some of you doubting the veracity of my account of the rehearsal -
We can't wait to see everyone again........... at an appropriate distance. Of course, in the meantime we send our good wishes to you all, along with our sincere thanks to ALL key workers for the challenges that you face and the sacrifices that you and your families are making. Without you we could not survive either literally or metaphorically.
Stay safe and see you all soon.
Sadly, we have not been able to meet to sing or rehearse since this time last year, though we have met twice for a Zoom meeting -
In the meantime, I am publishing this picture taken at Llandaff Cathedral of three ghost-