Compare and Contrast

Brenda has kindly written this week’s blog piece for the choir.

“If you ever have the opportunity to go to two very different musical events on consecutive evenings I hope you will experience the ‘buzz’ I did earlier in the month.
Both were by invitation and I must admit that the thought of going out two more nights in a week that had already left me only one night in was a bit off putting, but I did go and wow!
On the Friday I was entertained by The Watoto Children’s Choir, who were visiting Kettering as part of a nation wide tour, from an orphanage of the same name in Uganda.
Their energy was infectious and their dance and drumming only added to everyones enjoyment. They sang a particularly beautiful version of  Amazing Grace.

On the Saturday I found myself in the Great Hall of Oundle School where the music on offer was an eight part version of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor sung by Oundle and District Choral Society and Uppingham Choral Society accompanied by The Bardi Orchestra, and four professional soloists.

The music mood was different but the wall of sound effect very similar to the enthusiastic children!s singing.

I enjoyed the contrast of singers, musical offerings and venue but to my surprise the effect on me was the same. I felt lifted and full of enthusiasm for the small musical contribution I make singing with our choir and Raunds Ukuleles. I felt proud that I can sing and at least attempt to play the right notes on a musical instrument.”