Friday, 25 April 2014

Pause and Reflect

So, here we are in April 2014, about to start the first ever GGCC Summer term of rehearsals!!! Yes, after a fantastic series of concerts before Easter we don't have to wait until September to see each other again. All three choirs are going to continue to meet but fortnightly instead of weekly and will take a break over the school Summer holidays.

Before we start to look forward to what the future has, I just want to reflect on the amazing term we just had! It was a term that started in the middle of a wet, windy winter. For many of us the thought of going out into the miserable weather each Tues, Wed or Thurs wasn't a pleasant one! But I know every time I turned up to lead, from the moment we started our warm ups I knew it was gonna be good, everyone was ready to learn and brought energy and smily faces with them. 

We revisited some songs we have done in GGCC before. 'Bless the Lord with me', 'Here is love vast as the ocean' and 'Shackles'. We had some new ones too 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty' which created led really to the other 'Holy, holy, holy'. We sang an original arrangement of 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus' and added 'Make you feel my love/everybody needs love' to our ever expanding repertoire. It was great to have some new soloists volunteer too. LaShauna did a great job of 'Shackles', despite being incredibly nervous and it being the first time she's ever done anything like that! Mair sang a verse of 'Here is love' in welsh for us which was beautiful and we discovered a few other welsh speakers along the way who joined her! 

We had a bit of fun with some exercises to help us focus on our performance too. I think the singing in a big group while keeping balloons up was a great tool and really helped people to begin to not just focus on the notes but also what was going on around them. It was also a lot of fun! We discovered together how powerful singing 'Hold On' was in a big circle and then felt it would be great to surround our audience and sing it to them. 
About to sing 'Hold On' around our Shirehampton audience
We had fun playing people bingo at our socials and have discovered that we have many Brussel Sprout lovers and people who speak Spanish!

We were brilliantly accompanied by Winston Edwards for a few rehearsals and he put together a top band for us again for the concerts.
The wonderful Winston!

The GGCC leadership team were a top bunch again. Heather with her fab directing and Ruth & Rob with their beautiful duet and general all round support. I love working with these guys, we have a lot of laughs together!

The list of things to reflect on could go on and on but I'll finish with a summary of concerts and then leave you with some pics from the Shirehampton one. 

I was blown away by the very first concert this time. I usually expect there to be nerves and still a few mistakes which get ironed out over the next concerts. Not this time! The choir proved this theory wrong! They sang with such enthusiasm and accuracy I was so, so proud. And they did it to a packed audience at Shirehampton Baptist. The levels of energy that were coming from the choir from the very first song 'Bless the Lord with me' were at record highs and the audience really responded to that. It was the perfect way to start a concert series. From then on we were flying and our evenings in Easton at House of Praise and Thornbury at Thornbury Baptist provided further opportunities to show what a great choir GGCC are...but we knew that already!

Our first GGCC concert in the newly refurbished Shirehampton Baptist Church, lovely venue.

The GGCC team with Rachel sing 'You Never Let Go'

Our wonderful audience. The church was packed out.

Some of our lovely GGCC members

We were also able to capture a few of the songs on film. Here are some links to our You Tube channel. GGCC sing 'You are mighty & Shackles' & Make you feel my love featuring Ruth & Rob

So, we now start a Summer of fun! We are singing out and about at the Noise Fun afternoon at Rawnsley Park, Easton on 3rd May, singing at Gospel evening in Bath Music Festival on Fri 16th May then taking part in the Easton Arts Trail in June. Check out our website Check out our website for more up to date news

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