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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Newcastle City Choir finding the right note again

Exactly 364 days since their last practice in March 2020, the members of Newcastle City Choir have been able to reunite. 

Following its year-long musical separation the diverse group is once again managing to hold a note with one another from its base in Mayfield.

Choir president Louise Clayton-Jones says despite the restrictions enforced during the coronavirus, the group had maintained a sense of joint identity during the past 12 months.

“Like many people during Covid, we used phone calls and emails, supplemented with the occasional BYO-everything-socially-distanced picnic,” she said.

“We stayed connected, but that was not the same as singing together.”

In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, the group can once again reform, in person.

“Now with our shiny new Covid-19 Safety Plan we have quickly adapted to new routines of distancing, hygiene and registration,” she said.

“Musical director Leanne Sampson and accompanist, Bronwyn MacRitchie vacuumed off our vocal rust with musical warmups and polished our pleasure with new music.

“However it will take a little more sponging, scouring and scrubbing to restore the confident sound we had pre-Covid.”

Ms Clayton-Jones said after reassembling, the group is keen to welcome some new voices.

“Perhaps you enjoy singing and made a new-year resolution to try something new,” she said.

“If so, you are welcome to join our weekly Wednesday singing sessions 7pm-9pm at Mayfield Uniting Church.

“Perhaps we are just the choir that you are looking for.”

For more information contact Louise on 4943 6239.

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