Saturday, 3 December 2016
The beginning of the annual big sing
On Friday I returned to choir practice after my 'bad cold' break thinking all would be well (vocally that is)
About half way through the rehearsal a bout of coughing put an end to my efforts and I simply listened to the alto part for the remainder of the time.
Sometimes people think I'm being a bit precious about avoiding those with coughs and colds, particularly during Lent and Advent. But, anyone who knows just how much extra singing there is at these two periods in the church calendar will understand what I mean.
From tomorrow we have two services every Sunday and a huge number of extra ones right up until Christmas Day, (the last one).
Much as I love both of these seasons the music is often strange to us, usually a lot more difficult than usual and with far less rehearsal time.
The service tomorrow evening is the Mayor's Carol Service and will have a huge attendance of local dignitaries as well as our own congregation, so we will need to be at our very best,
As the Advent season goes on so the amount of music grows until Christmas Day sees a pale-faced baggy-eyed choir, hopefully still singing like angels.
Or did I dream that?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 8:45:00 pm