Singing for Fun
You will see the emphasis of our activities in our title! We got together to enjoy a singalong, and a chat over a cup of tea.
It all started from a suggestion in our monthly "Market Place" - I put my name down on a list. (Only two on it at the time if I remember rightly)
I then got a telephone call from the Group Coordinator,Tony, who persuaded me to be group leader - "it only means having your telephone number for people who are interested to make contact and arrange to meet". So, I agreed.
There weren't many of us,so my front room seemed most convenient and we discussed the types of music that we enjoy and how we could get copies
Rummaging , and twisting the arms of friends seemed a good start! We also borrowed an electric keyboard, and luckily , very luckily, we found a pianist
who could play it. Edna was more used to a "proper" piano - but as my capabilities are limited to one finger efforts, and no one else volunteered, she battled with the instrument and tamed it! We were under way.
We sing anything that takes the fancy of anyone in the group, and were quite pleased with our efforts with "Won't you play a simple Melody" and its counter-melody "play me some jazz". Our numbers had increased to eight by now,and we were persuaded to sing at the Christmas U3A meeting -
which we did with much quaking, and one of the group hiding behind the Christmas tree! However we were well received and led some hearty Carol singing.
When the opportunity arose I invested in a real life upright piano - much to Edna's delight. (I keep promising myself that I WILL learn to play properly............) Our numbers have risen to twelve,so my front room feels rather cosy when all are gathered in, but we decided that as we enjoy
ourselves as we are,and do not want to be involved with hiring a room, we will limit our numbers and have started a waiting list (maybe if it gets long enough a new group could emerge....)
We are definitely NOT a choir, but we have learned to sing some two-part harmonies, with the aid of copious cups of tea and coffee. Our repertoire varies from Phantom of the Opera, through Tulips from Amsterdam to "I am 60 going on 70". It all depends on the mood of the moment. We sometimes chat more than we sing, and always laugh a lot.
Although we mainly sing for our own amusement, we have been asked to sing in public a few times,and have survived to tell the tale - even without a Christmas tree to hide behind! All in all we have discovered new friends and enjoy sociable evenings together - and the neighbours haven't complained -- yet!
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