Grab a cuppa, it’s my first blog

I’m very excited to be writing my first blog and delighted that you’re taking the time to pop your feet up and join me. Are you comfy? Did you grab a cuppa? Brilliant…..here goes.

It’s Autumn which is my favourite season for so many reasons.  As a choir leader, it’s always a very busy time preparing for Christmas concerts, although it always feels a bit odd to be Dinging and Donging Merrily on High in October! This year I am once again acting as production manager for the annual fundraising concert at The Rose Theatre Kingston. I’ve been working all Summer to create a programme to be proud of and the weekly rehearsals at Tuesday evening choir are really shaping up. We are so excited and tickets are selling like hot cakes for the concert on Monday 12th Dec. Are you coming?

On a more personal level, I find Autumn to be a time of great creativity and always have lots of energy to try something new. The leaves are changing colour as Mother Nature prepares herself for the Winter ahead. It always feels like the right time for me to develop new ideas and create lots of moments to store up for the Winter ahead. My most recent new idea has been to bring together two of my great passions in life: Singing and Paddling on the river. Our first dip dip and sing ‘Quack – a – pella’ workshop took place in October on the glorious River Thames at Kingston. I ran a fabulous outdoor singing workshop for 15 adults overlooking the river on a stunning crisp bright Autumnal day. After leading the singing workshop, the group were then split into pairs who shared a canadian canoe and two paddles. We learned how to launch these beautiful boats and through some fun games and lots of practice, our instructors took us on a magical journey along the river. The combination of Singing and Paddling on the water kept everyone in flow and in harmony.  I live and work in such a busy part of South West London, and these two hours singing and paddling allowed for moments of great reflection and mindfulness.  So successful was our first dip dip and sing workshop, we’ll be doing the next one on November 28th.  Fancy joining us? No experience necessary.

So, I think it’s time to go back to work now and start preparing for the second half of term at Singing it back. With just 6 weeks until our concert at The Rose and the start of a brand new ladies only evening choir next week, I’ve lots to look forward to as the nights start to draw in and Winter approaches. It is such a pleasure creating choirs, concerts and workshops which bring people and communities together. There’s a great feeling of happiness when those moments are shared and appreciated by so many.

Enjoy these last few days of October. I’ll be back with a new blog post in November where a certain choir leader will be celebrating a very big birthday.

Best wishes

Mary

 

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