Sadly, the choir has been unable to meet in person since lockdown in March. However we have maintained contact with each other! We have been holding weekly Zoom meetings, just to keep in touch. Yes, the socialising is so very important…. and we’ve incorporated rehearsals under our Musical Director, Helen Styles. Helen is incredibly enthusiastic and determined to find ways to keep us singing, with the support of our wonderful accompanist, Judith Creighton.
We used the Making Music templates for investigating the possibilities of resuming rehearsals in person, but thus far it has not proved possible to do so in our usual venue. However, provided we are not restricted further by Government regulations, we are hoping to make something happen in December once we are out of this current lockdown.
Some members were involved in video recording a piece of music earlier in the Spring: Let’s Do It, arranged by Helen Styles. We entered our recording into a remote music festival in Costa Rica!
We are in the process of video recording two pieces of Christmas music: O Holy Night and White Christmas; both arranged by Helen who also does all the technical stuff to produce the recording! We are hopng that the recording will be part of a remote concert organised by a charity she supports.
It is not easy. Many members find Zoom meetings a trial and singing on your own is not much fun. The technology of recording is beyond many of us. But we are determined to keep the spirit of the choir alive and to keep members in touch with each other.
We will get through this!