The rehearsal weekend is about new stuff: new music, finding new things in an established piece, meeting new choir members you don’t know and learning something new about singers you thought you knew quite well. The informal entertainment mirrors this with new pieces or a different slant on a piece that’s been sung before. Even The Red Lea Hotel had a new fitness suite. Then there are things that never change like the afterglow in The Highlander on Saturday night, or the nithering icy wind off the North Sea. I slept in double pymamas.
The new music pieces were The Deadwood Stage, What a Wonderful World, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, You Raise Me Up and Singing in the Rain.
The informal entertainment included Emilio Zamberlan (Let’s Do It), Howard Samuels (Hava Nagila), Geoff Gill (When the Boat Comes In), John Senior (Aldi-Lidl), Alan Greaves Quartet (If the Sergeant Steals Your Rum Never Mind), Ibbo (Busy Bee), Tom Ashworth (One Fine Day, Madame Butterfly), Steve Davies (Season of Peace), Graham Dawson (Summertime) and Alan Hicks (Huron Indian Christmas Carol).
The star of the weekend was Elizabeth. Well-prepared, organised, cheeky feedback, empathic and so on. I’ve often wondered whether Eddie is reaching for another slice of pie.
On Sunday morning Andy Johnston outlined current thinking on how the information on the April concert was to be disseminated and asked for support in contacting organisations. He stressed that our guest was a good all-round entertainer.
Over the weekend Terry Dean didn’t get a warm, not to mention a hot shower. He finally managed something like a soak in the room next door.
I am not the only choir jailbird.
Ibbo got locked up for sleeping
rough on bales of hay in Lansdowne
Rupert’s presence is ubiquitous.
Ged is a member of a posh bowls
club in Ilkley. Something about
the quality and price of beer. One
of his pals played golf
against Woodsome and
guess who he sat with
at dinner? A whitehaired
bloke who told
Clive has lost so much weight, can he claim to be still a bass?
Flynn left school
after ‘A’ levels
and recalls his
first IT job where
a few kilobytes
in a room the size
of The Red Lea dining
he completed his
degree as a mature
student at Huddersfield
It’s a brute
Charlie Turner got
hooked on sailing
boats during a holiday
in E Anglia. He joined
the Thames Sailing
Barge Trust in Malden, but now
prefers to crew with Classic Boats
of Falmouth. It’s a good match
with Margaret’s passion for yoga
and allied disciplines.