It's Thursday... ...it's 7.30... ...and it's... ... SUMMER...!!! ??? Summer...??? What? WHAT??? OH, NOOOOOO!!!
For weeks, Thursdays have been the exclusive province of Choir Rehearsals. But, with our Summer Concert Season now finished, well, what do our Members do on a 'free' Thursday...?
Best give the public service warning now... look out of your window and if you see any chaps wearing a black shirt and a green tie, wandering aimlessly and they seem, well, lost or somehow a little vague, they are suffering from the 'CREEPS' - that is, 'Choir-Related Empty Evening Post-Season' Syndrome. Any Choir Member struck down with the syndrome literally won't know what to do with themselves on a Thursday evening when there is no scheduled choir rehearsal. Treat the victim with care since they are in a very fragile state with no available cure until rehearsals resume for paid-up Members on Thursday 27th August.
But that's not the worst of it... ...for weeks, peace and quiet has been the order of the day indoors on a Thursday evening when the menfolk go out for choir practice. But not for the next four weeks...! So be afraid... ...be VERY afraid...
Another great night - in fact, several great nights - will be had at the first ever Opera Festival in Norfolk between August 8th and 11th at a beautiful venue just to the east of Norwich! And about time too, you cry!!! In fact, male voice choirs and opera companies have more in common than one would expect... ...neither, as our own songsters will happily confirm, is 'just singing', and neither, if done properly, creates any barrier to being able to enjoy the stories that are being told. Even better though is that the organiser, 'Into Opera', is a local idea and the brainchild of a lady from this very County, much like our own Choir! I don't mind the brazen self-interested 'plug' to help get the whole idea off the ground as they have said some very nice things about our website and social media presence! Thank you!!! It's also very true that the centrepiece opera this time features one of yours truly's favourite arias and if the sneak peek (and listen!) is anything to go by, it should be the first of many annual festivals of Opera in Nelson's County for years to come. So, bring it on, Genevieve, welcome home and break a theatrical and operatic leg for Norfolk!
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