What we have been up to...
The pandemic catapulted a minor choir event into a memorable one in that our dinner at Greetham Golf Club on March 15th 2020 subsequently proved to be the last time we all saw each other.
As the weeks progressed it became increasingly evident that all our plans for the year would come to nought - singing in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court, singing a week of services at Truro Cathedral in the summer as well as concerts in Peterborough and Barnack.
Such a blow to a choir's morale might have been overwhelming were it not for valiant efforts by choir members to keep our spirits up. Foremost amongst these was our regular Newsletter to which so many members of the choir contributed with news of their activities, recommendations of pieces of music to listen to, photographs, drawings, humour and much else. In addition there have been regular chat meetings online, and also Zoom rehearsals/sing throughs. A summer and Christmas party online, though new territory for us, proved nevertheless to be highly successful.
In May as lockdown was easing we were able to start rehearsing in person again albeit in groups of six at a time. Despite the difficult circumstances we were all pleased to be seeing each other again after such a long suspension to normal rehearsals, and were pleased to be able to sing at least one service at Worcester Cathedral with a sextet. Despite the fact that the whole choir was not permitted to sing it was heartening that so many of them and their family members and friends still went to Worcester and were present to support the one service.
We are now looking forward to our visit to Chichester Cathedral in October.