Well, our tenth workshop came and went and what a day we had! With a buoyant attendance of over 60 delegates, we couldn’t wait to get the started on this year’s song, The LABBS polecat “Make Your Own Kind of Music”.
We warmed up, sorted the parts and went off in our sections, armed with liberal amounts of coffee and cake.
Before we knew it, it was time to reassemble and with the bulk of the song learned, wow, it was sounding fabulous!
After a swift lunch, with an opportunity to have a flutter on the raffle , we reconvened and Wendy restarted our brains with the fun but tricky “Boom Snap Clap” exercise.
One last sectional was enjoyed to iron out those last few tricksy bits and then a several run-throughs with the whole group, before it was time to perform for the attendees friends and families.
We were really impressed with the performance from our delegates and the way they immersed themselves in the spirit of the day. We hope they continue to make their own kind of music and return for next year’s challenge!
We were so pleased that the snow did not stop play for our learn to sing workshop held on 2nd February. Fortunately the snow stopped falling in time for us to go ahead so the delegates did not miss out on their singing fix.
We welcomed around 70 ladies of all ages (including a Mum and Daughter set which with our FR member (the grandmother) made a 3 generation appearance again)
The delegates worked so hard this year as it was quite a mammoth song – it was the very famous “This is Me” (from The Greatest Showman) so it was even more of a challenge for those ladies who were given a harmony part and not the lead line (the bit we all know)
The speed at which the song was learnt was amazing…. we even had a run through before lunch! Much cake was consumed, and we again offered merchandise to buy along with the chance of winning a raffle prize.
We were delighted that we now seem to have several ‘regulars’ who come to the workshop each year, and we look forward to welcoming everyone again in 2020!
Here are a few snaps from the day:
The Chorus have again received some great feedback from our guests and we’d like to share some of it with you here:
“The day whizzed by – such fun with lovely people. I’d love to come again”
“An excuse to let go – great to enjoy time with great ladies”
“A great day doing something for myself and being part of something big!”
“Just a nice experience to be with others who enjoy singing and the opportunity of being part of a choir for just a day”
“Find that although it takes me out of my ‘comfort zone’ I have a sense of achievement by the end of the day. It’s just lovely to sing and meet such a fab group of ladies!”
We thank you ladies for coming to share the day with us, it was lovely to welcome you to Fascinating Rhythm and we hope to see you again.
The full chorus of the day!
Fascinating Rhythm were delighted to be asked to host the Southwest regional education day in June.
LABBS members of thirteen choruses from all corners of the region travelled to join us to work on the current polecat song “Anthem” as well as to catch up with old friends and of course to eat cake!
Our guest educators Monica Funnell (MD of Crystal Chords) and Avalon quartet provided guidance on singing and performance throughout the day. There was even some friendly competition as the group split into two mini choruses for the afternoon in preparation for a sing off.
The day ended with a massed sing from our enormous combined chorus – a fantastic sound which clearly showed the brilliance of barbershop singing in the Southwest!
2018 Workshop was the best yet!….
On Saturday 24th February we were excited to welcome 50 delegates to this years workshop.
We were able to showcase a few of our songs, and after the delegates were given a vocal warm up they were split into their voice part for the day. Fascinating Rhythm members then sang the song to them that they were going to learn from page to stage….. and they were delighted to hear ‘Shine’ by Take That, which actually is a 5 part harmony song.
Hard work by every single delegate and we were absolutely amazed that they took on board section work and came together before lunch for a first sing through, which was incredible.
During lunch (and much eating of cake) we were able to chat to our visitors and tell them about our hobby.
Every delegate was invited to gives us some feedback at the end, and below are a few of their comments:
“Such a fun, rewarding day. A lot to learn but a huge sense of achievement at the end of the session. I just love singing”
“Confidence to ‘go for it’! Ton sing with a large, great chorus” “Fun, friendship, harmony, teamwork (and cake)!” “To do something for me, it was fun and I enjoyed it”
“I found it an incredibly emotional experience to go from being terrified of making a mistake to actually enjoying singing.. and on the front row even! I cant believe how much we learned in one day and I’m going away with a huge sense of achievement. THANK YOU!”
“Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, so much support from all the FR ladies. Lots of laughs and a great MD”
Delegates & Chorus perform ‘Shine’
We were really pleased to hear that a few of our visitors intend to come to a normal rehearsal to see us again with an interest in joining us….. and we look forward to welcoming you all..
Fascinating Rhythm had a fabulous day with you all, thank you for joining us, you all certainly did ‘Shine’ and we hope to see you again next year if not sooner!