Under grey October skies, we gave our all in this year's 'Song Raids' in Bristol city centre.
Bristol "Gathering Voices" Festival of Song includes many choirs singing at many places on the "Sea Dog" circuit. We started our 'raid' on the good ship Matthew with 'All on an April evening', high on the poop deck, where the slight rocking of the ship produced a slightly unnerving feeling in several members, though not quite all at sea.
We were joined at the M-shed by a steam engine and its sound effects, which induced us to sing louder, particularly after some encouragement from our conductor Jonny Saunders.
At Millenium Square we stood under the arches of At-Bristol, which helped us to project our sound forward, and we drew our biggest audience so far. Our final gig was at Cascade Steps in the Centre, where our tight harmony induced a member of the audience to step up and join us in "Goodnight Sweetheart".
There is no doubt that singing a set four times produces a notable improvement, particularly in the three verses of 'Come Again". We felt a real buzz from performing, and look forward to next year's 'Raids'.