Although we’ve had lovely sunshine this weekend there’s a nip in the air and the evenings are getting short. Apple Day at the walled garden today was perfect – it was lovely to see so many people of all ages there. Sunshine, freshly pressed apple juice, cake and company, and singing of course.
The choir was sounding really good – strong and focused. It’s amazing what a difference a bit of “performance attitude” makes. Things like standing tall, looking at the audience with your shoulders wide and owning the performing space really do improve the sound you make.
We have no performances now until our Christmas season, so if anyone has been dithering about coming along, October is a good time to start. One of the ways in which we are inclusive is that members don’t have to start at the beginning of term, don’t have to commit to coming every week, and nobody ever has to perform if they don’t want to. We will be doing some Christmas songs but also other repertoire in the next couple of months.
We premiered our Wassailing song – Wassail the Silver Apple, by Mike O’Connor – at Apple Day. It’s a fantastic belter of a song, with a strong slow chorus and quick tongue-twistery verses. Wassailing took place at apple-harvest and also Christmas and New Year in different places so I think we can sing it at any event between late September and January 6th. And we will.