News from 2022


July 2022  

End of Year Social

To round off a most enjoyable Spring and Summer season, about 30 members of the Chorale met on Monday 11th July for a 'Bring Your Own' picnic in a garden of one of the members.  On a perfect summer's evening it was lovely to have time to chat, exchange news and socialise with singers who, thanks to Covid restrictions during rehearsals, had sometimes been just too far away to actually talk to!



Autumn Term 2022

Members of the Chorale have been kept very busy since September.  We worked hard throughout  the Autumn term on some lovely Christmas music - several pieces were old favourites but we tackled a few new and quite challenging numbers, including a couple of arrangements by Simon, our MD.  At the eleventh hour we even managed to master a Swedish carol - although any Swedish speakers might have raised their eyebrows at some of our pronunciation!

Our efforts culminated in four very successful Christmas concerts.  On a bitterly cold Saturday evening we sang in Holy Trinity Church, Thrussington, to a large and appreciative audience - so appreciative that over £800 was raised for church funds that night.  Three nights later found us in Brooksby Church, again in front of a full congregation; it took a very long time to serve mulled wine and mince pies during the interval but it is always very rewarding to sing to a full house.

Our next two 'gigs' were quite a contrast to the previous ones.  On Saturday 17th December we took part in 'Carols at Christmas', an annual event organised by Simon at which all of his choirs come together for a full evening of singing to raise funds for LOROS.  Five different groups performed individually and then all 130 singers joined forces for the last four Christmas songs.  We all agreed that it was a most enjoyable and uplifting experience!

Two days later, quite a few of us swelled the numbers at BBC Radio Leicester's live Christmas broadcast, 'Sing Christmas'.  Otherwise known as 'The Big Sing', the evening certainly lived up to its name and credit must go to Simon for pulling this event together at very short notice.  He worked tirelessly, conducting a huge mass of singers (probably close to 250) with his usual energy throughout the full 90 minute broadcast - he certainly gave himself a work-out!


Many of us in the Chorale are already looking forward to the Spring term, a new programme of music and our next concert in March.


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