I don’t intend to say a whole lot more about Mons here but I did want to officially record my gratitude to everyone who came for your hard work, concentration, magnificent singing and sheer all-round niceness and good humour. It was, as we know, an unforgettable experience, and a massive honour for the choir to be part of something that special.

Not that it really matters but I think the TV replays do slightly misrepresent the experience that those in the square will have had, because the choir is, in my view, too quiet in the mix. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful thing to have in our archives - I’ve got downloads of all the performances now on audio and video - and personally I’m still not tired of watching and listening. Also I’m very pleased to see on the TV pictures that everyone is looking up: 5 stars to everyone for posture!

For those who weren’t able to come, I’m sorry that you missed it, but the good news is that the experience has undoubtedly given us all the bug for touring and I’m sure that there will be exciting opportunities coming up in the future.

Great thanks and kudos to all those involved in organising and managing the trip, especially, of course, Lindsay and Alison.

First Time Bars

I hope you’ll forgive a quick plug: A number of years ago I wrote a little book for inexperienced singers called First Time Bars - A Choral Singer’s Handbook.

Packed with information to help you get more out of your choir time, First Time Bars is an invaluable handbook for every choral singer.

I have been asked to let people know about it and how to get hold of it - you can buy it on Amazon for £6. It’s print-on-demand so will take a few days to arrive but it’s worth the wait!

Gathering the choir's thoughts

Yesterday (Thursday 18th October) Lindsay and I met with the choir’s voice reps to discuss their feedback from the various meetings and discussions that they have organised over the last few weeks. Christine (Sop 1), Lisbet (Sop 2), Sue (alto 2), Godwyns (tenor) and Vince (bass) were there and Lindsay had a written report from Cathy Ellis (alto 1) who wasn’t able to come, so the whole choir was represented.

I won’t go over in detail what was discussed now because it will take a while to produce a proper report, but I just wanted to let you know that the meeting happened, that we heard the feedback, and that there were some really good ideas in there which we plan to act on.

Just as in our initial questions, we structured discussion into the areas of recruitment, musical development, repertoire/performance, management and support/outreach, with quite a lot of time spent on the two areas of recruitment and building an audience

Reassuringly, the overwhelming tone of the feedback was positive - it’s clear that you love the choir as much as I do and that you’re basically pretty happy with how it’s run - whilst there were some minor concerns and suggestions for tweaks which we will definitely take on board.

At the same time, it goes without saying that we can’t please everyone - but we’ll do our best. Watch this space - or maybe some other space - for a more detailed summary later.