Just a few years ago I never thought I would join a choir - even though I’ve always loved music and singing.
Then one day I got fed up with envying other people who did such things, and decided to put ancient inhibitions from humiliating school experiences behind me once and for all, and just go along to a choir which posted an open invitation in a magazine.
I never looked back, and still find it amazing that singing gives such a psychological lift, even if you can’t do it so brilliantly!
So I joined Redland Green Choir, as it was advertising being a non-auditioning community choir. Since then I’ve learned a whole variety of choral music (from Haydn and Handel to Bob Dylan and Take That) and performed at the Colston Hall, St. George’s Bristol, St Alban’s Westbury Park and of course Redland Green School.
I was part of the Redland contingent in the nationwide Really Big Chorus at the iconic Abbey Road recording studios in London to help record a new Karl Jenkins work – conducted by the composer himself. The CD is fab!
We rejoined a bigger-than-ever Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall to perform another brand new work from Jenkins as well as his universally acclaimed ‘Armed Man – A Mass for Peace’. What an experience that was!
I’ve made new friends, had seriously good fun and even have individual singing lessons as an extra - incredible!
Redland Green Community Chorus is a lovely choir with a gifted young Musical Director, Nicholas Bromilow. Not being able to read music simply means that you have to listen carefully to him, and learn by ear, getting whatever clues you can from the score, and this undoubtedly improves with practice.
I even had a stint on the committee, as Membership Secretary, and was pleased to help others try us, join us, and settle in.
.....so I've had a great time since I approached the choir tentatively for the first time, and I'd thoroughly recommend you try us out.