January 6th is celebrated by many as the Feast of the Epiphany - the revelation of Jesus to the Wise Men of the East. And when singing with a choir, things can come as a bit of a revelation!
We were more than surprised to see a good number of the people at our recent Christmas Concert were, well, erm... how do we put this...? ...young! Younger than the general age profiles of choristers in many English male voice choirs. We always thought with the great Welsh Male Voice Choirs (and we stand to be corrected by our Welsh colleagues in song!) that each new generation followed their grandfathers and fathers not only into work, but also into song or musicianship. We who admire and support the tradition in England have struggled with achieving that kind of organic growth, so appealing to the generation younger than the membership is important to us all. Seeing this new audience profile at our door was therefore a revelation. But not the only one...!
...Yes, there's more - many approached us afterwards! They said whilst they didn't know when they arrived whether they would enjoy our concert or not, in fact, they had had a very enjoyable evening! What a welcome revelation, and we hope that our new-found audience will return - and that some of those younger men might consider joining our ranks in the future.
However we don't sing just to pass the time; we sing to educate and to entertain (OK, that might be a revelation for some of you!!!) But we also join a choir and sing because we feel better for it! It is good for us! But don't take just our word for it!
When you get the chance, paste each of these links into your internet browser and take a look at some of these articles which explain the benefits of singing in groups. No particular order, and our colleagues in song around the country identify new ones very frequently:
We think the benefits of joining a choir are there for all to see! And that's a revelation that has to be worth acting upon!!
So what about the Wise Men from the East, you say? Well, who do you think put on the show our bumper audience enjoyed so much, and then brought you the wisdom of the benefits of singing in a choir to your attention???