Our first song set for 2019 has started with lots of gentle and heart-lifting singing, including this mellow song first recorded by Elvis in 1961 and published by Gladys Music. Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss, it was based on a popular French love song 'Plaisir d'amour' written in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Egide.
Our set has also included a few more lively arrangements and it has been lots of fun learning African Zulu song 'Shona Malanga'. A working song of the anti-apartheid era that translates to 'Shorten The Day', it is now a song of celebration. We are confident that we can master the song AND the dance steps very soon!
Our first performance of 2019 was on a glorious sunny Spring day at the South West Choirs Convention in St Georges Hall in Bristol. The hall has recently been refurbished and the several hundred people who traveled far and wide to attend were able to enjoy the new glass atrium and pretty surrounding gardens. This annual convention has taken place in the heart of Bristol each Spring for the past 15 years and long may it continue.
Bright tops and dark bottoms were the in colours for many of the choirs attending and so our colourful attire was very in vogue. It was lots of fun performing 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and Serbian Folklore song 'Mala Moja', led as always by our talented Musical Director Pete Linnett.
We were also able to help one of our longest standing members, Gill Simms, celebrate her 80th birthday weekend - a fabulous achievement that we were delighted to share.
Gill is one of the choir's founding members and you may spot a few other familiar faces too - least of all Pete's!
How wonderful it is to celebrate life events with song amongst people who share this life enhancing passion. Our thoughts this Easter are very much with absent friends and we look forward to singing time together soon.