Thursday, 26 February 2015
I have to admit that these singing from scratch concerts give you all the buzz of belonging to a choir with less than half the work of being in one with a weekly rehearsal. Usually you are surrounded by really competent singers - so if you are a bad 'pitcher' like me you just follow them! The conductor knows there isn't much time for rehearsing so its a quick dash through to remind those who have sung it a hundred times before and some concentrated work on a few tricky passages. The accompanist is always brilliant and able to make up for any deficiencies an ad hoc choir can make. And the performance - usually free (because who would pay real money to listen to a group of singers who hadn't even met two and a half hours before!) is attended by family members who are just pleased to indulge you and offer a hearty round of applause at the end!
I loved Saturday - I love the sense of camaraderie you always find in a choir. A group of people energised by a love of music who want to collectively give of their best so that the the beauty of it all can be heard again - wonderful!
Just before Christmas a group from AFC did another 'from scratch' concert - this time in The Royal Albert Hall. It was Messiah and the choir consisted of about 3,000! On that occasion there wasn't even a rehearsal - and the sound produced was magnificent.
Working together for a common goal is surely one of the most precious facets of our God given humanity. Wherever we find it - in a soccer team, colleagues at work, in a choir - and pray God, in the church - we have discovered and experienced something very precious.
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