“Hello and welcome, here is the news”……
Monday 05th October 2020
This week saw a decline in numbers, some from illness (not covid!!) and some probably due to the weather. Surprisingly the weather done us a favour, as The Boot was pretty much dead and that meant that we could go into the marquee for our rehearsal, it was warm, and it was dry, and being kind of indoors, the sound wasn’t lost drifting across the fields! There were 7 in attendance, Ben out front waving his arms, 4 leads, no tenors, no bari’s and just myself (Andy W) in the bass section,… “Hang on” I hear you say, “that’s 6!”, well we welcomed a new member to the chorus, Adel, she bravely agreed to try tenor, and despite being the sole tenor, done a superb job, an asset to the chorus.
Monday 28th September 2020
Our third rehearsal was good, we ran through Goodnight Sweetheart a couple of times, and had a quick run through of Heart of my Heart, with the members that are from the VIPs giving it their best in the hope that the others could follow, I’m sure that it won’t be long before Heart of my Heart is learned by all! Goodnight Sweetheart is going great, that’s why we started looking at Heart of my Heart.. Very soon we’ll have 2 songs under our belt and will be able to entertain people, albeit for only a few minutes!
We have 22 members on our books, and things are looking good. It’s still unknown, if any of the members that are not coming to rehearsals at this time, will be coming back or call it a day, we know that there most will be coming back, but time will tell.
It was decided that we would go forward with trying to find an indoor venue, as its getting colder and the dark isn’t helping. Everyone agreed that they wouldn’t mind paying a couple of quid towards paying for the venue. Wendy is doing a great job in trying to secure a venue, centered around where the Boot is.
Monday 21st September 2020
On 21st our second rehearsal at The Boot was attended by 11 too, even though 1 was missing.. because we had a new member.. We welcomed Anastasia to the leads, and by all accounts she thought it was amazing. We had a run through of Good night Sweetheart which was very good, so much so that we may be starting to learn a new song next week. (Covid permitting)
Monday 14th September 2020
We have had an outdoor rehearsal The Boot at Freston, the rehearsal was outdoors at the back of the garden, with 11 members, social distancing and Covid measures were in place to enable us to have a safe rehearsal. It was good to get back to singing and we soon got back into the swing of things.. We done some warm ups, some rounds, a tag, and worked on Goodnight Sweetheart.
On Monday 14th September ECC will be restarting rehearsals. These will take place outdoors in the garden of The Boot Public House, in Freston. Rehearsals will take place under strict guidelines, to enable us to protect the members and anyone else that we come in contact with.
The British Association Of Barbershop Singers, BABS, have changed their logo, and got a brand new website. Go have a look, there’s lots of information on there.
Covid 19 is doing its best to upset the balance of the chorus, but we are keeping morale up with our weekly zoom meetings, and we are looking forward to when we can sing again. A very watchful eye is being kept on government advice, and as soon as there’s any chance of getting together, we shall!!
The details of all the meetings were put on here, but due to work load and pressures of everyday life, it has been decided that all records shall be held by the chairman, and any important points that come up shall be communicated via email.
Copies of all meetings are available should any member wish to see them, or have any questions about them.