It was the end of our rehearsals and Christmas singouts for 2017 and we celebrated the Christmas season at the Caddy Mann Restaurant near Jedburgh. A warm welcome awaited us and relief all round as we learned we were to be the only customers for the evening. Perhaps we would let our hair down a little after enjoying our festive food?
And so it was.....as everyone rose to their feet and gave a rousing and ringing rendition of "If I can dream".
This was followed by various songs from the Hootie Oo's Quartet, the Baritone Section, the Basses, our 2 Musical Directors swaddled in scarves amongst other performances.
But the recitation of a poem written by one of our newest members captured the shared feeling of joining a group like ours.
Learn To Harmonise
Anne Blair Dec.17
The call went out, no need to shout,
your voices all as one,
come join our choir and harmonise,
singing having fun.
I came along, one of many
How would it be? Probably scary!
No, not at all, no need for fright
You welcomed me on that first night.
Lots to learn, flattened tongues and Widening lips,oohs and aahs!
But never ever scooping.
Stand tall and strong, Apples?
Oranges? Warm Potatoes?
I think I’m doing the shopping!
There’s tags and vowels
No wobbling jowls, expanding lungs
For endless breath and long long notes
And all done with a smile
We always try to do our best
And go that extra mile!
“I’ve joined the crowd, sang long and loud”
Yes, harmonising’s fun
So Lad and Lasses, come raise your glasses
To all in One Acchord!
Thank you for a wonderful evening to the Caddy Mann staff and to all those who were able to make it on the night.
Happy Christmas everyone and keep up the practise for our Road to Harrogate in 2018!