Doing what we do best to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday
The occasion was blessed with a balmy, dry evening. The Abbey Gardens looked resplendent with an audience settled in colourful gazebos or sitting around tables to enjoy a summer picnic whilst soaking up the music, including the Winchester College Jazz Band, the opera diva Demelza Stafford and, of course, our own Romsey Male Voice Choir. We did our very best, and were received well, but singing in the open air was perhaps not the easiest way to bring our music to life as the notes drifted off into the fading light without always reaching the ears of the listeners. Marion Maxey exhorted us to sing out louder and louder, forgetting our usual light and shade, and raising our voices where they should not have been raised.
HOWEVER…. although we may not have felt the open air suited our voices, Stephanie at Swann Events and organiser of the evening, was kind enough to email saying “….I am exceedingly grateful to all the choir for your hard work, your great efforts and supportiveness, and the wonderful and vibrant contribution you all made to the evening both on and off stage. You all brought much jollity to the evening and it was so good of you all to come and join in with such enthusiasm. I heard many lovely comments about your performance.”
AND FINALLY, in case you weren’t there, when we finished by singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with Demelza Stafford we knew it really was a wonderful musical celebration, in a most beautiful setting……. and what could be nicer than that!