Welcome to Renate's Baton. This blog is mostly for and about my choir, The York Region Community Choir.

But, While I'm holding the baton, I'm in charge. So, if I want to talk about other parts of my life, I will. :)

The choir itself is a community and I'm discovering that we have a lot in common with one another besides our love of music and singing.

When I go off on a tangent, there is always a crowd coming along. Join us!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

YRCC Rehearsal Review 13-Sep-2022


Here's a happy headline:

We're back, baby: Community choirs singing again after pause of more than 2 years.

You can click on that and read the CBC article about a choir meeting again in a town on Prince Edward Island. It's good to know we're not alone. The pandemic has been so hard on us singers! Many of us still feel uncertain about getting back together, but so many of us are ready now, done with isolating and distancing and all of that. 

We're back, and those of us who were there on our first Tuesday this season felt wonderful singing and laughing and chatting together again. 

And, we sounded great too!

We started with a brief warm-up. After stretching our bodies and voices a bit, part of our warm-up was to hum the tune of God Save the Queen/God Save the King. For me, it's still Queen Elizabeth's song, so experiencing it without words was a way to honour her. Humming is a very healthy activity, good for your body and soul, so there's that too.

Here's what we sang:
  1. Wonderful World 
  2. This Little Light of Mine (Lauren, Melinda solos)
  3. Blue Skies (Lauren, Debbie solos)
  4. I can see clearly now 
  5. Somewhere out there (no solo)
  6. You’ll never walk alone
  7. Why we sing (no solos)
  8. Hallelujah (no solos)
Here's the plan for Tuesday, September 20th. Think about what solos you might want to try!

Blue Skies (solos)
Hallelujah (solos)
Somewhere out there (solo)
This Little Light of Mine (solos)
Why we sing (solos)
Wonderful World 
You’ll never walk alone

Let's talk about the Choir, Choir, Choir! Sing-along concert in November, and maybe some movie nights? (An American Tale, Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia,...?)

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