Enthusiasm and happy faces filled the room

Dearest Choristers:

Many thanks to those of you who participated in this past Wednesday’s Mohawk ESL/Hamilton Sings collaborative workshop. I’m told everyone had a really fun time. Sue taught the Temagami Round and Hanna tackled The River, with approximately 45 participants. A Sudanese gentlemen named Hamza taught an Arabic song called Azza. Enthusiasm and happy faces filled the room. Oh, it’s so nice to share.

This Saturday March 7th rehearsal – We’ll definitely be running Call My Name and introduced to Le Plus Beau Mec du Quebec. We are going to do an overview of Let me Go so folks, please look over your parts. We are going to review the Wax Mannequin piece we started last week. Homework goal for the following week (March 14) will be verse 2 of Lilly’s Fair. Recordings should be up for Wax Mannequin and People Can Change soon. Please return your copies of The Hamilton Song to the front desk as it is no longer on our concert programme.

Next Saturday March 14th rehearsal – we meet instead at the The Music Hall in New Vision Church, 24 Main Street West, corner of Main West & McNab. 10 am sharp. Give yourself extra time to allow for parking in possibly unfamiliar territory.

Saturday March 28th – Annual General Meeting (AGM) before our rehearsal, we NEED at least 50% plus 1 of active members for quorum. Time lines are: 9:30 – 9:45 chair setup, 9:45 – 10:15 AGM, 10:15 – 12:45 rehearsal. A full Agenda and Meeting Package will be sent to all members no later than March 14th – please keep your eyes open for it and print off a copy to bring with you.

Sunday May 24th, 3pm – Hamilton Sings Hamilton Songs spring concert.

I guess some people have been overheard dissing the efforts of some of our repertoire’s authorship. Therefore, it’s time for a few sage words from our esteemed conductor Hanna:

“While everyone is entitled to their opinions, each song has been written by a person who is a known artist in the community, who is respected for their craft, and who has feelings. You are entitled to like, love, or dislike the songs, but please always speak respectfully about other people’s work.”

Or, as my father used to say. . . . . “If you don’t have something constructive to add, don’t talk at all.”

But enough of these chastisements – we’re bigger than all that! Winter is about to break, we’ve yet to be placed in a Coronavirus quarantine, and we don’t live in a flood plain. Ya gotta count your blessings. . . Or better yet, sing about them.

Hugs all

Brenda Atkinson


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