I quite like this time of year, when if you are involved in education it’s the start of a new year and you are getting yourself ready. New school clothes, shiny new pencil-case, the slight nervousness and the determination that this year, you are going to be better organised, work harder, and do better. I’m usually back in my old habits of doing too much, not finishing one thing before I start another and never tidying up, by the October half-term. But this week at least, I feel more in control and excited about the new term and returning to projects like choir which have a break over the summer.
I’ve just been uploading all the photos and videos from our summer performances and it makes me very happy. Thank you so much to the choir members and particularly friends and family who came and recorded what we were doing. It’s always interesting to see what we really look and sound like when performing but it’s delightful when we sound not-half bad and look joyful.
There are new galleries up on the web page recording a couple of our summer events. On 19th July we sang out in two very different locations – first of all in the glorious bit of architecture that is Sheffield Winter Gardens, and then at the more compact Scarsdale Grange Residential Home. They’d had to squeeze the whole of their summer fair indoors when rain started coming down in sheets, so it was a cosy atmosphere.
The Winter Gardens is somewhere I’ve wanted to sing for a while and our invitation came from the Samaritans, who were doing an awareness-raising day. One of our members volunteers with them and he suggested we could come and sing some of our more uplifting songs (We do like a good dirge or a melancholy plea occasionally.)