“Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, in June under the stars, not if you care for such things.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien,
So that’s it then for the Summer months! Our choir In Caelo is packing itself away until September so as to give all the singers and musicians a well deserved rest- not to mention our director.
I am going to miss our rehearsal evenings and our singing at Mass over the Summer. Although I am only in the choir since January of this year, it has become part and parcel of my life and it has helped me enormously.
- I feel my singing is better.
- My breathing is definitely better.
- My posture is better.
- My blood pressure is heading back in the right direction.
- The music and singing have also done wonders for my head space.
Singing really is good for you physically and mentally and I never really understood how or why until I became part of the In Caelo choir. It has been good for the heart and the soul too.
I studied music up to Junior Certificate in school and before that I was fluent at the tin whistle. As I grew up, life, basketball (and boys) got in the way of me playing a musical instrument and I dropped it. I used to be able to read music, write music and I knew all the lingo. I have missed it.
Being back in the choir is giving me the chance to re-learn some of these things (maybe not the tin whistle for the sake of the new neighbours), I am getting better at sight reading and understanding what is what.
The choir finished on a high at Mass in Saint Conleth’s Parish Church just a couple of Sundays ago, where we sang the Mass parts and some of our nicest pieces. It was lovely to feel the warmth of the applause at the end of Mass when Father Paul said we were finishing until the Autumn.
I am grateful to Cora, our musical director, for her guidance and encouragement. I am also grateful to all the members of the choir who have shared copies of music with me and pointed me in the right direction. I am also grateful for the warmth of the reception into the choir and the feeling of belonging in such a wonderful diverse group of men and women.
We have had a wonderful season of singing – we sang for our parish, for a bishop, an archbishop, and the President of Ireland and the First Lady. We sang at a wonderful concert to open JuneFest and we are heading back to the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin in July.
Joining the choir came just at the right time for me and I was always be grateful for not having to perform a solo by way of an audition – or I might never have had the courage to join.
Music is a huge part of my life – it has been that way since I first played a note on a tin whistle or recorder and since I bought my first ever record in 1978.
I can’t imagine my life without music and singing. There’s something special about being part of the wonderful sound that comes from our choir.
So if you are looking for something enriching, fulfilling and fun – go join a choir! You won’t look back.
I’m counting the days until we are back singing together in September.
Have a good Summer one and all.