We all really hope that the wind eases for tomorrow so that we can get to choir safely. Do keep an eye on the website – and maybe check it just before you set off if the weather is bad. It is here that we will be posting about any cancellations. But of course we will get there – we will be having another go at Ide Were Were that we started on last week and definitely finishing off / consolidating “I call to you”. This got shelved last week because of wanting to sing “Follow the Heron – the back of the winter is broken!” It is! – let’s hope so!
Choir on Tuesday 4 February will be all about making sure that we have mastered songs that we have been learning in the last few weeks – especially “I call to you” which was starting to sound gorgeous last week. Also we will start to learn the words for “Ide Were Were”- one of the African songs for Sing for Water North. Here is a little video clip – do have a listen before you come – it will really help!! Incidentally this video clip is from the Sing for Water event in London a few years ago – it gives you an idea of what to expect if you have never sung in a mass sing event!
Come along this week and learn a lovely 16th Century song about the seasons and about the hope that the Spring will return.
Also here is some information about Sing for Water North:
Sing for Water happens across the UK and is happening here in Lancashire in June 2020 – on Saturday 13th.
It is a way to learn some lovely songs and sing them with a mass choir of at least 100 people. If you have never done this – it is amazing!
The way it works is that you can make a small donation to Water Aid (who provide clean drinking water and sanitation in Third World countries) and you are then entitled to join in. You will be able to hear all the sound files for the songs and learn them even if you cannot get to choir on the occasional week. Also it entitles you to attend the additional rehearsal on 14th March
– all day for free – at Padiham Road Methodist Church in Burnley.
On our first week back, we made a start on a new song for Sing for Water North called “Do not carry a heavy heart” which even though we are just learning it, already sounded beautiful. We will carry on learning that this week along with another song in a similar vein called “Let us stand”. Together the 2 songs send the message – let’s not be down hearted but stand together for something better. I’m sure you will agree – some uplifting words for January when things can seem difficult.
If you want to know more about Sing for Water North including all the times for the day (Saturday 13th June
in Preston), have a look at the website
where you can also register, make your donation to Water Aid and then get all the sound files for learning the songs via the Singers area!
The new term is going to be a good one! We will be learning the following:
Songs ready for Sing for Water (including Moon River to get us walzing and a great African song to get us stomping)
Simple rounds (some that we might compose using our own thoughts and words)
Songs that make us feel good in ourselves and therefore better able to encourage and support others. (And NB it has been proven that this is a very real benefit of singing groups because of things called mirror neurons which help us realise how much we matter to each other and how we can rewire our brains for good!)
So whether you want a pick-me-up, a good sing, a bit of creativity, a bit of gentle brain and body exercise, or just to be together with friends – this is the place to be on Tuesday evenings!
All fees are held at last year’s rate (great value at just £28 for 6 sessions or £5 if you pay as you go)
Don’t forget it’s our last session tomorrow. More singing, laughing and nibbles. Don’t forget your Christmas glitter too!
Thank you to everyone for your donations in lieu of giving each other Christmas cards. We raised nearly £50 and have managed to pack two boxes of goods which will be taken to the food bank at Burnley FC next week. They have already expressed their appreciation.
Well done, generous friends.
Just a reminder that we’ll be singing seasonal songs at our sessions on 10th and 17th December.
Feel free to wear sparkle, Christmas jumpers, silly hats, illuminated earrings etc to either or both sessions. It’s Christmas, after all. We intend to enjoy some nibbles and fizz on 17th December.
We return to singing after Christmas on 14th January 2020.
Provisional dates for next year are on the home page of the website.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions for which seasonal songs you would like to sing. For the three remaining sessions of this term (26/11, 10/12 and 17/12) – please bring folders with any Christmas songs in. (These may be on salmon pink coloured paper). Janet will bring spares but it would be good if we don’t have to reproduce everything when most of us already have them.
The two sessions on the 10th and 17th December will be choir led as noted before.
So far the talent that has come forward is as follows:
- Someone willing to teach songs and play guitar (such talent!)
- Someone prepared to do some mindfulness
- A couple of Ukelele players maybe?
- Someone sorting out some nibbles (non crumbly) and lovely fizzy stuff to drink for the 17th
- And there will be other fun stuff!!
So do come along if you can, it will be fun! Please also note that choir will not be recommencing until Tuesday 14th January, so if you come on the 10th and 17th, you are only missing 3 weeks (and 2 of those are Christmas and New Year).