Look to the future now, it’s only just begun

Ok, look, where would we even start when it comes to 2020? What can be said that hasn’t been said, what can be said that would make it better? Some had an awful year, some had great joy during the year and most of us just put our heads down and ploughed on. As a I write this, news is coming through of another lockdown, albeit one fuelled by Irish coffees, tins of roses, Christmas cake and more food than anyone would know what to do with. Let’s just call it festive hibernating and leave it at that.

2021 is looking promising at least. With vaccines on the way, a much hoped for return to singing seems all the more plausible and when we do start getting back to a more familiar way of living, I think we can rely on strong audiences. Sure won’t we all be chomping at the bit to see live performances ourselves? Last Sunday night’s video had nearly 6000 views between St. John’s website, their facebook page and our own, which is no small number. Hopefully in the New Year we will be able to get some of those to come and see us in person, won’t that be lovely – singing together and performing for an audience. To quote the great Noddy Holder of Slade:

Look to the future now
It’s only just begun.

A Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year!


Easter 2020

Much as the phrase “in these challenging/worrying/dark/etc. times” is starting to grate, it really is the strangest of times. A time when we are discovering plenty about ourselves, our communities and our country. A time when we have been forced to slow down and step away from a busy world with all the benefits and the downsides that brings. A time when it has become clear that the ability to connect technologically is fantastic but really doesn’t replace being able to walk into your parents’ house and hug them without fear of harming their health.

Thank God for music, and books, and art and purely escapist movies and good TV (and bad TV too – no judgement!). Thank God for our front-line workers, those caring for our sick, those keeping the country fed and watered and those keeping us all safe.

Our country may be a very different place post-coronavirus, but it won’t necessarily be a worse place, as we all remember what it is to think and act for the greater good. And that is surely the Easter message in a nutshell.

Happy Easter!

 

A Wednesday Evening in April

I hope everyone is well and taking care of themselves. I’ve been waiting since this time last year to post this video, so here it is on the 1st of the month no less.

Continue to take all the necessary precautions and keep your spirits up. This too shall pass.

Coronavirus

Oh it was such a great start to 2020. We were all enjoying the wonderful program Sharon had prepared for us and were looking forward to our concerts ahead, but unfortunately Covid-19 had other plans for our year. It’s a serious situation and it demanded that we take it seriously. And so it was that the committee decided to put a proposal to our members last Wednesday, March 11 to suspend rehearsals and performances for the foreseeable future. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour. It is sad, a bit surreal and, we think, the first time this has happened in our 35 (?) year history but it was the sensible and safe thing to do.

I still have videos to share, though, here and on our social media channels and we will keep you informed of any developments. Meanwhile, keep singing! At home, in the shower, on the hilltops! Singing is so good for your mental and physical health and the main thing we can do at the moment is keep ourselves as healthy and strong as possible to fight any infections. Boost that immune system, eat healthy, drink water, get plenty of sleep and exercise and SING!

Sharon’s 20th Anniversary

Willie Keane, Sharon Reidy and John Baily. Photo by Steve Baker

Sorry for the delay folks but I am finally getting around to sharing some more pictures from our first night back which also marked Sharon’s 20th anniversary as our conductor. Thanks so much to John Bailey for his warm and funny presentation speech and for providing the committee with that program from Sharon’s first concert. Thanks to Linda for organising the framing and the cake. And to Steve Baker and Kate Falvey for the photographs. And most of all thanks to Sharon for her talent and patience and for everything she has done to make us the choir we are today. Thanks Sharon!