We hope you're enjoying our series of blogs marking the start of not just 2020, but our 10th Anniversary Year. At the same time, we're taking the opportunity to talk about life in a male voice choir, and ours in particular! It's a duty we are taking very seriously, so we are seeking commissions to turn the entire series of The Twelve Blogs of New Year 2020 into a box set for global streaming...
...so you can't say we're not setting our sights high enough!!! And setting sights high is a reminder that life in a male voice choir is a bit of a balancing act. It's a great chance though to let everyone know what we do to manage it, so that's our theme for today... ...just like a swan swimming across a peaceful and calm pond, we hope that you'll agree that our concert performances are graceful, flowing and majestic (well, as near as, anyway???). But, below the waterline, where the rehearsals, practice and gaining confidence in the pieces we are singing reside behind the scenes... ...we can't deny it, the metaphorical webbed feet are thrashing away at a rate of knots...
Yes, for Day 7, we are talking about Swanning It...! Remember to join in singing our happy refrain, but don't worry Men, it's not an audition by the back door - we definitely don't audition for choir membership or concert participation at all - ever...! So, sing up everyone - Here we go then, 1, 2, 3...
"In the 7th Blog of New Year, 'The Phoenix' gave to me: Serene Swans a-Swimming, See Geezers Playing - Five Sing-ing Live - For Auld Lang Syne, Three Hearty Cheers, To All Men an Invite and A Calendar with Dates we can see!"
We talked on Day 5 of our Choir being made up of local men with all different reasons for wanting to sing with us and it is an important part of what we do that we also attract new men as choristers by inviting non-members to our Open Rehearsals. We get then that our Open Rehearsal Guests and our newest Members may not at all be used to singing in a choir, or to how a male voice choir creates its sound by using 4-part harmony, or indeed to the prospect of singing in public which is guaranteed by us as a membership benefit.
So we know what it's like for our Guests and Newcomers to meet up with a pretty confident group of men who have been with us for perhaps some time, or maybe since we started Phoenix in 2010, or in some cases were members of other Male Voice Choirs such as our predecessors in the Norfolk Millennium MVC, colleague choristers of Bure Valley MVC and, in Welsh Mike's notable case (Noswaith dda, Mike!), Kenfig Hill & District MVC in South Wales. But we'll have no-one to become our longer-standing members if we don't support our newcomers properly, so in our membership, we promise you...
So, then, Seven 'Day 7' Reasons for Serenity when 'a-swimming above the waterline' from even our newest choristers, even if our more established choristers are just better, in reality, at looking like they are just swanning it!!!
(t)Witterings from the Choir's Webmaster, The Phoenix, but it's normally about what we are going to be or have been up to, something nice about someone we have sung with, or a gracious reply to one of your own wonderful comments.