Harmony 303 choir

Singing at Stourhead

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Singing at Stourhead

 

The National Trust Festival of the Voice Autumn 2014

 

Sunday 28th September dawned bright and sunny for the 32 members of Harmony 303, together with 7 members of the Blackdown Community choir from Wellington and our Musical Director Caroline Rigby to spend the day singing to the visitors at Stourhead.

From the outset, there was a genuine fellowship between the ten participating choirs from Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. This included two other community choirs, with the remainder varied but including a quartet and an all-male choir. The programme was well organised by Stourhead, the choirs had a resume of their history in the programme. Each choir sang three or four times from five venues around the gardens. There was time between performances to listen to some of the other choirs and to walk in the beautiful grounds.

 

What was extremely gratifying was the interest shown by the many visitors who stopped, listened and applauded. All the choirs made a real effort to listen, in their breaks, to other choirs.

 

We sang a selection of songs from our repertoire and had fun interacting with the audiences, especially the children, who conducted with breadsticks on one occasion, while their parents were persuaded to join in any known choruses.

For some of us, it was the first day out with the choir and the enjoyment we experienced, ensured we will be the first to sign up for the next event.

Finally our thanks to Caroline who encourages us in our love of singing and gets us to a standard which makes it a joy to perform.