Yesterday was our final session with the school choir club. As always, we finished the year off with the usual choir club party complete with a lovely selection of cakes, sweets, crisps and all the things that kids love! After a bit of a sing-a-long the children who wished to, volunteered to sing solo's on stage in front of us all. The choir party is always popular and they really look forward to it after the hard work they've put in throughout the year to prepare for the Summer concert. Both Jo and I were given some lovely thank you gifts which is very kind and we really appreciate. This year we seem to have amassed a plentiful supply of chocolate so looks like I'm going to have to run even more over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately, on the flip side of all the fun and food, we have to say goodbye to our year 6's, some of which have been with us since year 3. Obviously, we'll be really sad to see them go but they're ready to move on as were our own daughter's last year. We wish them the best of luck at High School and hope they continue singing and all thing 'music'.
It's hard to believe that it's been two and half months already since we performed our ladies choir concert 'Film Fantasia'. After a committee meeting last week we began rehearsals again last night for a new concert. I have to say that I found the work on last years songs particularly hard, not only writing and re-writing harmonies but also painstakingly teaching the songs note by note to the ladies. I think this had a lot to do with the pressure from our business at the time along with home, life etc.... So this time we decided that in addition to some new selections we would re-use some of our old material as over the years we've sang some wonderful songs and it's such a shame not to resurrect them.
We finally went with a theme of musicals and asked the choir for suggestions regarding their favourite song choices. Some were VERY popular so we've made sure that these have been included along with some less used numbers and some new ones to keep things fresh.
First rehearsal went very well indeed last night (despite me being on 'piano duty') with two songs learnt in full in 3 parts. We have a couple of new members two which is always nice and only helps to enrich the overall sound. Here's hoping that next week's rehearsal goes even better, it's always so much easier to teach the parts when I can wave my arms around rather than hammer the piano keys :).