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Prior to joining the choir, did you have any previous
musical knowledge or experience?
Only a little. I used to sing in the school and church choir. And when I was a child our family used to sing Gilbert and Sullivan songs around the piano when we holidayed at my Nan’s. She was an alto and I think she taught me a lot about harmonising as an alto. My Dad used to play the piano and I used to turn the pages for him. That meant I had to be able to follow the notes, but I couldn’t actually read music as such.
Why did you join the Fishpond choir?
I first heard the choir singing at the Whitworth Institute during a Craft exhibition day. They were singing Adiemus and I was amazed (I love anything by Karl Jenkins). Afterwards, I spoke to a couple of choir members who were very friendly and told me when and where the choir meets.
How long have you been a member?
I think I joined in 2001? Not long after Dana became Choir Master.
If you have been a member of a choir before, how did
it compare with the Fishpond choir?
No comparison with Church and School choirs.
Can you remember how you felt after your first rehearsal
with the Fishpond choir?
I remember being in awe of some of the choir members who knew all the songs. I knew after my first session that I wanted to be a part of this choir!
What do you enjoy most about being a member of
the Fishpond choir?
I just love singing! But what I love most is the harmonies ... in fact when I’m practising at home I often find myself harmonising to my own Alto voice part! I was one of the Lady Tenors for about two years – there were three of us then. I like the challenge of learning a voice part that’s not the usual song line. I love the fact that many of our songs are unique to our choir, and we sing in all sorts of languages. I especially love the African songs, and think that as a choir we do them well! Although I’m not a natural drummer, I enjoy playing the drums, though if anyone had told me a few years ago that I’d be sitting in front of the choir drumming at concerts, I’d have laughed at them! I’m not usually one for being ‘up front’ and in the limelight!
What do you enjoy about singing in concerts?
It’s scary, and hard sometimes to learn all the words to the songs, but to me, performing is the ultimate conclusion to all the rehearsing.
I especially love the African songs, and think that as a choir we do them well! Although I’m not a natural drummer, I enjoy playing the drums, though if anyone had told me a few years ago that I’d be sitting in front of the choir drumming at concerts, I’d have laughed at them!