Soprano Clare sent me this piece for the blog following our concert on Saturday. It was such a fun concert to perform in. The church is beautiful and a really uplifting place to sing. Thanks Clare.
“Looking back on our concert last weekend, I am still glowing with pleasure. I don’t think we have ever sung half as well and the wonderful acoustics of St Peter’s Church in Raunds really helped to carry the sound. What a beautiful building and how privileged we are to be able to sing in it! The money raised by the concert went to the restoration fund. The church has been at the heart of Raunds for over 800 years and I would love to think that it might be there for another 800 for all to enjoy but sadly it is in dire need of repair.
By far my favourite song in our concert was “Beautiful Rainy Day” by Crystal LaPoint Kowalski. I’ve found a Youtube version of it here which I will be sure to listen to whenever I need cheering up. I do like watching rain and this beautiful song sums up my feelings exactly. Perhaps one day, we will record ourselves singing it in the church and maybe we will sound just as good!”
And then bass Neil, who hasn’t been with us long also sent me a lovely contribution. So this week it’s two for the price of one!
“It’s me again, the Raunds Community Choir newbie, following the Choir’s concert at St Peter’s Church, Raunds on 11th July.
To say the that the repertoire was wide-ranging would be an understatement, with music that moved from traditional North American and British Isles folk to more recent music written by Michael Bublé and G M Sumner (better known as ‘Sting’). All the music had been arranged for the traditional four part harmonies of mixed choirs and the lyrics covered many subjects from the sensible and romantic, to the absolutely absurd.
Oh yes, you read it correctly, ‘absolutely absurd’. Would Gioachino Rossini have imagined in the 19th Century that his ‘William Tell Overture’ would have been lyrically arranged to describe the ownership of an inanimate spherical object made from a substance that would not have existed when he wrote his music. The logically curious amongst you are now hopefully thinking what this object is. Well, it was nothing less than a Ping Pong Ball. Yes, we sang a song about a man’s ownership of a ping pong ball and what fun it proved to be. Our musical director Sally coaxed us through a multitude of pings and pongs whilst other parts of the choir were ponging and pinging. I think !!!!
I hope all of this illustrates that the Raunds Community Choir is a fun place to come and sing music which is excellently directed by Sally and her assistant Chris. We treat the music very seriously, most of the time, and at other times Sally delivers her teacher’’s stare and we once again are brought under control. The choir all come from varied background but have one thing in common – we enjoy music as a form of relaxation and we enjoy sharing that music with anyone who wishes to come and listen.
If you are one of those closet or bathroom singers who would like the opportunity to learn about choral singing you would be very welcome to come and join us.”
P.S. I didn’t manage to get any photos of the choir singing because I was singing too! But I did get some of the ukes, who played afterwards. And lots of our choir play in the ukulele orchestra too.