Happy birthday, Janet

We were able to celebrate Janet’s birthday at our last session. The cake had been carefully frozen by Jackie after an unexpected gap in our meetings.

Thank you, Jackie. And many happy returns, Janet.

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New and Old Choir Members  Celebrate. 

           

Last week, ‘Singing for the Soul’ choir celebrated its fourth birthday in style with lots of lively singing, eating and drinking (tea and coffee only!!) Four years ago a group of women met up at Coldwell Cafe, for a singing day, under the leadership of Janet Swan. As a result, the choir was born. 

Now many of those women are still singing with the choir though we have welcomed many new members since those early days. So on Tuesday, 10th of March, we invited old and new members to our celebration and were delighted to see so many enthusiastic singers coming through the doors of Brierfield Library where we now meet.

After a gentle warm up we learned some new songs amid much laughter and enjoyed sharing some old ones with our guests who had not been to the choir before. In the break we all got to know one another better over a brew and a piece of birthday cake.

Thanks to Sue for getting the lovely cake and to Janet for organising the event.

At nine o’clock we all said our goodbyes with a spring in our step and promises from many of the guests that they would be returning! It was so good to share our momentous occasion with so many people and will be delighted to see them all at our next singing session!

Marie. 

The photo, above,  is of the writer Marie (on the right) who brought her friend Sheila, who has now decided to join the choir. 

The photo, below, shows some of the comments people wrote during the break. 

Getting ready to Sing for Water.

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Photos show just a few of our choir members at the rehearsal.

Saturday 19th March was the first rehearsal of Sing for Water North 2016 and several of our choir went along to Accrington Library. There were apparently 52 of us there, all poised, excited and waiting to sing. Our inspiring and energetic teachers were Jules Gibb, Olwyn Pearce and our own lovely Janet Swan. I am new to singing, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect from our day but I have to say I absolutely loved it and haven’t stopped singing the songs since (much to my husband’s amusement!)

There are six songs to learn for the final performance which will be in Albert Square in Manchester on 12th June. By the end of a rather tiring, but hugely inspiring 5 hours, we had learned 4 of them and raised £460 for Wateraid! Two more rehearsals in Manchester if you missed the Accrington one and we’ll be learning the other songs at our own choir sessions…then we’ll be ready for our big sing so we’d love everyone to spread the word and to come along and support us.

Diane Halstead.

Details of Manchester rehearsals here..

We’re not drab now!

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Sarah modelling our ‘new look’.

“We all just look a bit drab”. That was the comment made by one of the choir members when looking at a photo of ourselves performing around Christmas time. We needed to do something about it!
Suggestions were requested and we eventually decided upon a black ensemble with a brightly coloured scarf. However the decision wasn’t arrived at as easily as you might think as other suggestions were made and discarded. A white blouse. No good for those with ample proportions apparently! Also there are more than fifty shades of white, grey being one of them!
I must confess I aired my views quite strongly! I did not wear black! Have never worn black! And never intend to! Black is for old ladies! As the poem says: ‘when I am old I shall wear purple….’
With my lack of any ample proportions a black top and black trousers makes me look like a stick of liquorice! But my objections were ignored and the majority voted for a black outfit and for each person to get a different, brightly coloured scarf, giving a nice rainbow effect.
I begrudgingly went with the majority vote and headed home to order my new scarf online and I must admit that when I saw the array of beautiful bright scarves in every colour you could imagine, I began to think that perhaps the black outfit wasn’t such a bad idea after all! There was a beautiful bright pink one aptly named ‘Fuschia’ that would match my pink shoes. But there was also a lovely red one that would go with my red shoes and what about that nice blue one which would go with my blue earrings! I really had to stop myself from getting carried away and ordering every colour of the rainbow!
At the next choir session I could see that other members of the choir began to experience this same excitement upon seeing the variety of colours and eagerly began to chat about their chosen colour of scarf, green, my mum’s favourite colour, red for Red Mo, yellow, you can’t have a rainbow without a yellow.
Janet, we decided would wear a multi coloured one as she encompasses all of us!
I must say that despite all my reservations I think we will actually look very smart and bright and colourful and hopefully no one will ever say again that we look drab!!
Marie Hargreaves.