Tonight when, as we worked through the Rodgers and Hammerstein Medley, we reached ‘Oaklahoma’ our thoughts turned to the people of Oaklahoma who have been affected by the devastating tornado – we dedicated our singing this evening to them.

We had some rather unexpected but very welcome guests this evening. Four very nice ladies turned up expecting a concert. They had spotted an item in the Salford Advertiser ( we didn’t provide this incorrect information, but Lionel has been on to them asking for them to correct it) and took it to mean that we were performing at Eccles Library tonight. We were delighted that they decided to stay and listen to us anyway and share our enjoyment and laughter as Angela helped us with the challenges of singing what was actually written  on the page! One difficulty of learning songs that you are familiar with but which have been set in parts is that there is quite a tendency to sing what you think you know, rather than what you are supposed to sing; it takes real discipline to concentrate on producing the correct notes until it becomes internalised. Like everything else, it gets easier ( and hopefully, better) with practise!

I hope everyone enjoys the two-week break, but as Angela suggests, I will try to find time on the Tuesday evenings to get my music out and do a bit of singing, to be ready for the next time we meet. I expect I’ll see many of the choir before then at Angela’s concert on Friday 7th June at the Eccles Town Hall ( see earlier blog post for details).


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