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First Buckland Community Choir Concert

On Saturday night was the first concert by the newly formed Buckland Community Choir.  We are all locals being 20 strong.  There are only 4 altos, of which I am one, and 6 men.  We are a disparate bunch, some never having sung before or read music, but just coming along for the fun of it.

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We performed a wide range of songs, from popular tunes that everyone knows to some we hadn’t heard before.  My own particular favourite being “Refuge”.  The programme may a bit difficult to read, but I have enlarged the photo as much as I can.  We had about 80 people in the audience and raised about £300 for the church funds.
The concert was followed by cheese and wine and an opportunity for a natter.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the music, only we knew where one or two things went a little bit wrong, but no one else noticed, so overall it was a great success.

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Choir, carols, colds and cakes

I recently joined the newly formed Buckland St Mary community choir. We are a motely bunch. There were no auditions – it’s just turn up and sing your heart out. To start with we didn’t have a conductor and would just sing along to a CD. We tried to get Gareth Malone to come along and put us through our paces.  Unfortunately he wasn’t available, but now we have the lovely Penny to lick us into shape.  She is getting us to sing in rounds and in harmony so we are starting to sound good. On Friday we had our last practice before our first public performance at the Buckland St Mary church carol service on Thursday evening, but unfortunately we were down in number as quite a few people had colds.

Today was the other local carol service, in the Bishopswood hall organised by Bishopswood chapel. I had pledged to make cakes for the tea afterwards, so even though I woke up this morning with a horrid sore throat and the start of a cold, I made the cakes and took them along beforehand. Here are my cakes – choc chip ones with chocolate buttons on top:

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We didn’t stay long.  Neil has been full of cold all week so he couldn’t sing, and I want to be well enough to sing on Thursday.  I love singing carols so was sorry to miss out today.

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