One of our members has been away on an extended visit to Australia, but on her return we had a ceremonial presentation at the end of the evening’s rehearsal. Annie has been a member of LABBS for thirty-five years, and now has a certificate and a special badge to say so.
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Nine members headed to Birmingham for the LABBS Music Education Day, and had an interesting and useful time at sessions like Making the Most of Ballads, Rhythm Workshop, Song Research, andach, Brass Bands, Barbershop—influences from other musical genres.
It’ll probably take us all some time to get our heads around the information, but it was a useful and enjoyable experience.
The SABS convention experience was a great success. Combined chorus Silver Harmony came in 6th with a score of 71.2%, and quartet New Dawn scored 65.7% and were placed 9th. Members have described it as very relaxing and a lot of fun.
During the early months of the year a large part of the chorus spent quite a bit of time rehearsing for a new venture—joining up with Coventry-based Silver Lining to compete at the Spanish convention in Benalmadena at the beginning of April. Unfortunately the big joint rehearsal was completely disrupted by the Beast From The East which deposited snow everywhere in the country!
Great excitement as we have at last replaced our risers with a new, lightweight, easy to transport set. It took quite a bit of work to figure out the best way to set things up, and to teach the whole chorus what to do, but we now find that set-up can be quick, with lots of members able to get involved with the work now that it does not involve heavy lifting. And our Chairman managed to sell the older risers to other choruses around the country.
Our last singout of the year was at The Forum in Norwich, as a fundraiser for the Norfolk Big C Appeal. Afterwards we had our Christmas Dinner together at Pizza Express, a slightly chaotic experience, but always a pleasure to get together and celebrate.
Our Christmas Concert on 9th December was on the same night as everybody else’s Christmas Concert, but we did achieve a decent audience (including the Mayor of Dereham), and seven ladies came to the afternoon workshop and then joined us on stage to sing the songs they had learnt. We were as always happy to share the stage with Fine City Chorus, and everybody joined in a comic rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas for a rousing finale.
Our invitation performance at Brook on 2nd December went splendidly, with a hall so packed that we had to sacrifice some dressing room chairs in order to seat the whole audience! There were some delightful contributions from the organisers themselves, and a performance by Scarlet Moon, and the event raised nearly £1,000 for The Nook.
We enjoyed our concert on 9th December at Dereham Memorial Hall, a lovely venue with plenty of space for us to get changed, and a bar to keep the audience happy! Fine City Chorus joined us, and New Dawn also performed.
We also had a successful workshop, and were able to invite six participants to join us on stage during the second half.