Great to be back after the summer break. Also good to meet Demelza and Weza who came to listen to us. We’ve been asked to sing before their wedding ceremony. It will be an African wedding, so brushed up our African repertoire: African Medley, Siyane Bulisa, Siyahamba etc to name but a few. Penny also introduced a new African song for us to learn that she’d picked up from a Black Voices workshop she attended over the summer! Considering we’d not seen/heard it before we picked it up quite quickly and managed a reasonable run through.
First Southampton Choir Passion rehearsal tonight – thought it was lotsa fun and had a great atmosphere. I know Nathan was pleased. Think he’s written some lovely music here, quite dramatic some of it and I love the emotional range.
Rehearsal schedule – there has been a SLIGHT muddle here because I was initially told fortnightly (which I forwarded onto everyone) and then he wanted to make the first month weekly which will I think leave us a bit short on our stuff! So need to do some wheeling and dealing here but I expect we can work it out. Watch this space for more detail! btw, next week will be a Passion Choir rehearsal – then we will see how it’s going! Penny
Looking forward to Monday night’s rehearsal. The first one of the New Year. We’ll be concentrating on material for Sally’s party. Meet at Small Hall of Central Hall, Southampton, SO14 1NF. Doors open from 7:50pm. Rehearsal from 8-10pm with break at about 9pm for refreshments and chat. See you there?
Title: First Choir Practice of New Term
Location: Small Hall, Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton
Description: The first rehearsal of the new term starts at 8pm.
Start Time: 20:00
End Time: 22:00
See here for directions.
Well a Happy New Year to you all. Are you thinking about doing something new this year?
If you are wondering about starting singing as a New Year activity then do come along and try us out. We don’t have auditions so there is no pressure to show off your best bathroom shower performance to the unsuspecting world. Just turn up and see what you think. We aren’t the X Factor or any of the shows you might have seen. You can sit at the back and just listen if you really want, but we would hope that being there would simply make you want to join in!
If you have not been in a choir before then it is worth saying that a choir is more than just about the singing. It is a community. A little network of friends with a common hobby. Its nice to get the music right and it does involve working. But it is also important that we have fun on the way. After all this is our spare time we are talking about.
If you need a lift to the rehearsals then get in touch. We have members from many parts of the city who could help out. Our first rehearsal will be at 8pm on 10/1/11 at the small hall in Central Hall, St Marys Street, Southampton.
December dawns, and with it the choir’s most frantic time of the year. It seems as if folk who only have the slightest interest in singing most of the year all of a sudden decide they must have a choir for their party/event in December, and never being ones to want to disappoint we end up with what would, in footballing terms be called a fixture pile-up.
As the festive season wears on our longsuffering spouses wonder who this person is who appears for brief moments every day, crams some food into their mouth, grabs a folder of music and then rushes out, leaving presents unbought, greetings cards unsigned and Christmas tree lights still in their customary tangle.
The funny thing is though, that the Christmas gig-fest seems to end well before Christmas itself, so there’s time to enjoy some non-seasonal life before Christmas starts again nearer the big day itself.
It’s just a shame that the busiest time of the year is also the worst time for that bane of singers everywhere, the common cold. Perhaps we should move Christmas to June next year…
Another of our standard Monday evening rehearsals last night and once again was amazed how much better I felt as a result; after a hard and tiring day at work, it is often difficult to get out again in the evening, but once there always enjoy it and feel energized. I thought I would research this and came up with the following from the Heart Research UK web site:-
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years says, “The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.”
See the full article here.
I can certainly endorse this view – why not come along and try it for yourself?
As we get them, recordings will be uploaded into the member area of this site for choir members to listen to and help with learning the songs. The first couple are now there – log in with your username and password to see the Member Area menu item above and the recordings are on the Words and Music / Song Recordings page off that.