• Sandra Smith

Zooming away and 'Ensemble project!'

Well, we are still on Zoom every week but we are also singing in real life!!! Oh my, life feels better already!

Over the summer holidays I planned a small (Small? it's a HUGE project!) ensemble project of no more than 6 singers per song - I was so very lucky that the plan coincided with the new lockdown rules - what luck! All singers are in a duo, trio, quartet, quintet or sextet and are able to meet to practise a song! Every song has a build in challenge for the singers - whether that be style, complexity, singing a different part or singing on their own and they are all rising to the challenge beautifully! Four singers are doing solos due to having to stay safe, which will develop their individual and interpretation skills, too. I can't believe the variety of songs we will have at the end of the project - from Shanties to Ragtime, we have a little bit of everything.

We have a new arrangement of a Chris Hoban song, too, which we have been dying to tackle, but never had enough time to fit it in! Chris again, has written a beautiful song about a Miners Christmas - we can't wait for you to hear it. The man is a genius with song! We also have a new song arranged by one of our Tenors, David Glenny - that is also a first for us and very exciting to hear the complete version.

We have singers rehearsing in Covid secure places, with loads of ventilation, from warehouses in Heathfield to decking in Shaldon and from parks in Exeter to gardens in Plymouth. Keep your ears peeled, for you will hear harmony ringing out over the county! We also have ensembles on forecourts and balconies in Buckfastleigh - the hills are alive with the sound of music!

We are hoping to showcase all our efforts through our social media outlets after Oct 25th - so do join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to hear what we've been up to!

It's good to be singing in real life!

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