Being a member of a choir, you get the opportunity to sing a wide variety of music on a variety of different occasions and at very different venues. I have sung in concerts in halls and churches, at the Royal Albert Hall, in stately homes, in a boat on Lake Windermere (& yes we did sing the theme from Titanic – we just couldn’t resist it!) and we have the privilege to share in the special occasions of both friends and complete strangers by singing at services for weddings and funerals.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of singing at a wedding. It is always a delight to sing at a wedding, but this was extra special because the bride was a member of my choir, and the groom a member of our male choir. Our ladies turned out in full force despite it being a bank holiday weekend, and with a selection of music chosen by the bride and groom we managed to drown out the thunder storm raging outside. The bride walked down the aisle to ‘Let it be me’ originally recorded by The Everley Brothers but on this occasion given the Valentines treatment, and other items included As long as I have music, Hellelujah, Fields of Gold and a barber shop rendition of The Lords Prayer. At the evening reception it was the turn of the men to provide the music, and they entertained the guests with a wide variety of music, again chosen by the happy couple including Bui Doi from Miss Siagon and Anthem from Chess.
Music is present at all the important times in our lives, and can enhance the atmosphere, whether it be a joyous or more solemn occasion and I feel privileged to be able to play a part. It is even more enjoyable when you know you are singing for a good cause. Many of the concert’s The Kidderminster Valentines and the Kidderminster Male Choir take part in, are for charitable causes.
In the first week of November the Valentines are going once again to the Royal Albert Hall to take part in the 2012 Festival of Brass and Voices in aid of Cancer Research UK. Concert goers can enjoy the collective sound of 1,500 voices from male and female voice choirs from all parts of the United Kingdom singing well-known choral repertoire, together with the world-renowned Cory and Grimethorpe Colliery Brass bands, and of course the equally-famous Royal Albert Hall organ. If you love live music then we would love to see you in the audience.