Just recently I’ve had reason to question why I come to choir sessions. It’s often the last thing I feel like doing after a long day at work followed by a fight with the Northampton commuter traffic. Sometimes I’m hungry when I arrive, and mostly I’m tired. So why not put my feet up and chill out in front of the TV instead? Well I asked myself that very question and these were my answers:
Singing is fun – Quite simply singing in a choir is fun. It makes me smile. My fellow singers make me smile, and sometimes laugh…mostly in the wrong place.
In my day job mistakes matter and they can have disastrous consequences. In rehearsals they don’t matter. If someone (ok usually me) sings or giggles in the wrong place we can stop, start again, and have another go. We can relax and that’s good. The whole point of rehearsals I think is to make our mistakes in a fun supportive environment.
Singing is challenging – And let’s face it, sometimes it’s more challenging than others! I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking the Christmas programme is the most challenging thing we do! But if we did the same old stuff year after year we’d get bored and never improve. So challenges are good, and they come in all shapes and sizes: singing particularly tricky arrangements, singing unaccompanied, or from memory, or even singing in a foreign language. When I embrace a challenge I always feel a sense of accomplishment.
Singing is better than counselling – Most of us will face our own private challenges. Our choir draws from a broad community and in any community there will be people experiencing physical illness, mental health issues, bereavement, sick family members, relationship difficulties etc. Choir is an escape, a chance to forget our normal life for a while. It’s a form of therapy…only much cheaper!
Singing fosters friendship – I knew very few people locally before I joined RCC. I’m extremely shy, but because of the collective nature of choral singing, friendships developed naturally. I now count a fair few choir members among my friends, and my two best local friends are both from RCC.
Singing places us in the heart of the community – Whether we are taking part in the Christmas Lights event, fundraising for the church or a local charity, or singing in an residential home we are part of the wider community of Raunds, and that’s rather nice I think.
So why do you come to choir? Tell us here.