Nov
23
2021
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Monday 22 November 2021

22.1

Back to work and back to choir.

Feeling tired after the weekend activities but it was such fun.

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Jul
05
2021
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Monday 5 July 2021

5.1

So tonight I had a concert with the choir, Bel Canto at the lovely Town Church. This photo was taken in the church vestry where we were warming up.

We have been working pretty hard but I am definitely finding learning songs as an adult much more difficult than when I was a teenager. In fact the ones that I know the best are those that I sang when I was 15. We did one tonight that we picked up again a few weeks ago but I sung it about 30 years ago – it was pure singing muscle memory!

It went pretty well although there were a few mistakes. Apparently, according to a local choir teacher who was in the audience I have a ‘fabulous singing face’ – by which she means that I am completely engaged with what is going on and use my face to express what I am singing. That, I informed her, is my ‘I’m scared shitless face and I can’t remember what the next line/note/entrance is. I also fidget with my fingers when I am nervous, I must get that under control!

All in all it was a fab evening, singing with some of my best friends and making some lovely music (even if we are wearing old lady tops!) What could be better?

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Jan
18
2021
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Monday 18 January 2021

18Tonight at choir we sang one of my favourite songs, Blackbird by the Beatles.

I have always loved it but have a vivid memory of walking through a darkening Covent Garden to hear a man playing this on his guitar and singing. It was haunting and beautiful and whenever I hear it I think back to that day.

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Jan
11
2021
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11 January 2021

11Back to choir tonight and someone has told our choir leader that we would like to sing “rubbish” for a change.

To be honest we just like to sing, and sometimes it is nice to sing something other than another version of Ave Maria!

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Nov
23
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 324

Music

Back to choir today and one of the topics of disussion on the island is the suggestion that funding for the Guernsey Music Centre is to be reviewed.

As a teenager most of my Saturdays were spent at Music Centre. I had the fortune of having clarinet and singing lessons, as well as playing in orchestras and wind bands. The music service in Guernsey has always been amazing. So many children have had the opportunities to develop their musical abilities and that would be an absolute travesty if that stopped.

So, all that I learned as a child I still use today. Being part of a choir taught me to be part of a team, to listen to each other, to take instruction (mostly) and to laugh a lot. It taught me discipline and patience but more than that it is great for my mood, mental and physical health and my social life.

Music certainly makes the world go around!

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Oct
02
2017
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A year in pictures – Day 269

Choir golf

Last I night I went out with choir for a nice meal out after a bunch of rehearsals and concerts. It was good to relax!

We had a fab dinner but this was preceded by a quick game of crazy gold. We were rubbish but it was fun.

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Dec
07
2015
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2015 Project365 (Day 341)

Homeward boundIt was a really early start today as we left the hostel at 7am.

We flew from a little airport at Memingen and then to London Stansted and finally arrived back in Guernsey at about 3.30ish.

Now I am knackered and heading for bed but it was an amazing trip. I should also give some credit too to my awesome husband who held the fort and looked after the kids so well. Thanks Mister. I love you.

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Dec
07
2015
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2015 Project365 (Day 340)

The Christmas Mystery

Another picture from the Christmas market. Right in the centre is this lovely nativity scene.

It looks like it is carved out of wood and it is really big. Around the outside of the central figures are real sheep and a donkey. Such a gorgeous reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.

This evening we sang in the church in the centre of Biberach. It is the most beautiful painted Baroque building and has staggeringly gorgeous decoration. It was also absolutely freezing and we were up and down singing. The service was also a Catholic mass in German. We had no idea what was going on so we were glad to get back to the hostel for a few drinks on our final night.

Such an amazing trip with a bunch of awesome girls (and a few blokes who tagged along for the ride). Thanks for a great weekend.

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Dec
07
2015
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2015 Project365 (Day 339)

Biberach Christkindlesmarkt  

Today we walked into Biberach town where we were able to have a wander around the Biberach Christkindlesmarkt or the Christmas market. It was lovely and did a bit of shopping and drank (quite) a bit of delicious gluhwein.

It is also St Nicholas day so we were able to see him arrive on his horse and cart, dressed like a bishop and give out what looked like a pastry mouse to the children.

In the evening we sang in the market. It was fab but absolutely freezing! Such a brilliant day.

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Dec
07
2015
0

2015 Project365 (Day 338)

Biberach hostelThe weekend has arrived and I am off on a choir trip to Biberach in Germany to sing in the Christmas market.

I have no idea where exactly in Germany Biberach is because I basically didn’t have to do anything thinking this weekend. I just had to turn up at the airport at the right time with my bag packed and then other people directed me to where I had to go.

We are staying in the youth hostel which sounds a bit grim but it is spotlessly clean and lovely and warm and we are more or less the only people here.

Marvellous. Shame there isn’t any snow though!

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