By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, And autumn’s best of cheer.
Helen Hunt Jackson
September has arrived and it has decided to be a summer month this year. And while we will enjoy every ounce of sunshine that we get, we will still be singing Christmas songs come Wednesday night! Why? Because Kerry Choral Union are back to rehearsals at Collis Sandes House at 7:30 pm. Members, you know the drill, bring the music that you have, your water and a pencil. New members, you are always welcome! Come along fifteen minutes early and we will sort you out. Sharon will get you to sing a few scales to figure out what line you’re in and we’ll take it from there. There’s no obligation to join on the first night, you can give it a few weeks to see how you like it. Come for the music, stay for the craic!
Originally conceived as a Christmas concert, but cancelled due to adverse weather, our joint concert with Coláiste na Ríochta is finally here. Join us Wednesday 19th April at 7:30 pm for an evening of song, where we will be joined by the school’s own girls’ choir and traditional band. Tickets will be available on the door and cost €10 for adults, €5 for U-18s and OAPs. Note that if you bought tickets for the Christmas concert they are still valid.
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!