Anyone who sings in a choir will know that December can be a very busy month for choir performances. Christmas Concerts, impromptu carol singing and other such festive events often mean you can be out with your choir several times in December.
For me, running 7 choirs, December was an extremely busy month, but I loved every minute of it and next year hope to do even more! All of my choirs performed at least once during the month and some, the GWH Choir for example were out singing at 4 different events!
The first event on 1 December was with the Pewsey Belles in East Grafton. They also sang carols at the Burbage Christmas tree Sale on 6 December which is something they do every year now. That was partly responsible for my radio interview with BBC Wiltshire the following week as I had spoken to one of their reporters at that event.
7th December was definitely my highlight of the month (possibly even the year) when Transeamus Chamber Choir performed Britten’s Ceremony of Carols in Milton Lilbourne Church to a packed audience. This was made all the more magical by fantastic harp accompaniment from Elizabeth Jane Baldry.
The following week the GWH Choir were singing at a Charity event at the hospital and then sang carols at the Swindon Festive Markets at the weekend. Saturday 13th was definitely my busiest day. Starting at 10am with Carols in Swindon with the GWH Choir I then went to Cirencester for the Male Voice Choir there to sing carols at Dobbies. This was followed by a wedding back in Swindon with the fantastic BlueBelles and then we finished up in Burbage singing during dinner at a Pop Up Restaurant.
The third week of December saw the Pewsey Belles singing carols again – this time in the Royal Oak at Pewsey. Also on the Wednesday of that week, my newest choir at Sirona Care and Health performed carols at St Martin’s Hospital in Bath. The following weekend, the GWH Choir travelled to Bibury to sing for the wedding of Kerry Louise, a student midwife at the GWH.
In fact the GWH Choir so enjoyed singing at the wedding they decided they wanted to do more singing so we arranged to sing carols around the wards of the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. We had a great time although it was likened to Speed Dating as we dashed from one ward to another! In just over an hour we only managed to sing our way around 1 floor so will definitely have to allocate more time to that next year.
Following on from the Service of 9 Lessons and carols at St Thomas a Becket Church in Bath which featured 2 carols from the newly revised choir there, I was then back with the Cirencester Male Voice Choir singing at the 4 Pillars Hotel on Christmas Eve. The men sang to the hotel guests for about 45 minutes after which I then had a mad dash to get back to Bath in order to play the organ for Midnight Mass.
And thus ends another busy year. I hope all my choirs have had as much fun as I have this year and I’m already busy planning for more events next year. In fact looking at my diary for 2015 it’s already getting quite busy and we haven’t got to January yet!