Great Day for Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts

Rehearsing before the 'off'.

Rehearsing before the ‘off’.

It’s a weird fact that every time FR have a whole day somewhere, be it workshop, coaching, competition, etc – the weather is always glorious while we’re warbling away indoors.  We did manage a quick half hour in the sun for lunch at our rehearsal hall before She Who Must Be Obeyed gave a discreet cough, then it was back to polishing the three songs for our first class, Songs from the Shows.  We were pipped to the post by the excellent Wessex Male Voice Choir (who also won Male Voice Choir and the Gold Cup) but we got a ‘Highly Commended’ and some good comments from the adjudicators.

Always a careful balancing act …

Back to the rehearsal hall for a recap on our next three songs and perhaps a nibble or two of cake, then returned to the Town Hall  for our second stint in the Female Voice Choir category.  This session (now running well over an hour late!) was very well supported by the Barbershop fraternity, fielding 5 of the 6 entries so a big Hurrah! for Black Sheep, Harmony Inspires, Bristol Fashion and Cleeve Harmony who competed alongside community choir Take Note – and we’re very pleased that our sister chorus Bristol Fashion gave a great performance and came away with the trophy.  Fascinating Rhythm had a wonderful audience reaction to both our performances and many, many nice comments afterwards; we may not have bagged any silver, but we certainly entertained!
And well done to our two new baritones Sue and Carolyn who joined us just a few months ago and got all 6 songs under their belts to a high standard in record time.  Welcome to the madness …

'Newbie' Sue

‘Newbie’ Sue

'Newbie' Carolyn

‘Newbie’ Carolyn