The most wonderful time of the year: Reflecting on the joy of Christmas performance - Total Choir Resources

The most wonderful time of the year: Reflecting on the joy of Christmas performance

I sometimes start my pre-Christmas planning period with a slight groan as I try to work out how we will fit a decent-sized chunk of new repertoire into such a short space of learning time. The truth is, when our festive performances roll around, I love it. Here’s why.

Community

A sense of community has always been one of my biggest driving factors in running a choir. Throughout the year, we take part in local events at the heart of our community of which we are extremely proud. It’s great to sing for our families, our friends and those living around us. And it’s lovely to finish the choir year performing at the heart of our community.

Firstly, we sing songs and carols on our village green by the Christmas tree. Weather permitting, large numbers of villagers come out to join us and we all sing the carols together which is amazing. We also visit local hospitals and care homes where we sing for patients and hardworking staff, as well as doing a walk around singing in corridors and rooms of those unable to move about.

Friendship

I love the friendships that have grown from the choir. People who come together as strangers form strong bonds over time and it’s wonderful to see those friendships grow. Some members have formed book clubs or go on holiday together or just support each other through challenging times.

At Christmas these friendships are cemented by sharing some great (if often a little cheesy) music, lots of mince pies and the odd glass of mulled wine. We always have a choir Christmas party, which is often a highlight of our social calendar.

Making a difference

I think as choir leaders Christmas is a great time to stand back and reflect upon what we have achieved with our choirs. We should always feel proud of our efforts and understand that by bringing our singers together and creating wonderful music and performances we are making a difference not only to the choir but to all those who hear and enjoy them.

Christine Mulgrew

    Christine Mulgrew

    Christine is a contemporary choir leader who loves to help novice and nervous singers find their voice.

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    Henry Collins - 10 months ago Reply

    Thank you ladies for your useful advice and musical offerings, both free and for a fee, during the year. My small group of older, and previously frustrated, singers (U3A) have stuck with me despite my lack of a musical education. In 2018 we plan to meet weekly and, if there is an increase in numbers, even tackle part singing!
    Merry Christmas

      Victoria Hopkins - 10 months ago Reply

      And a very merry Christmas to you Henry.

    kate Sinclair - 10 months ago Reply

    I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you both for your words of encouragement and wisdom throughout the year. I love listening to your podcasts and getting new ideas from you for my chorus here in New Zealand. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year. I look forward to more in 2018 XXX

      Victoria Hopkins - 10 months ago Reply

      You are very welcome Kate. Merry Christmas.

    Rozann Taylor - 10 months ago Reply

    Would you tell me the responsibilities of a choir president?

      Victoria Hopkins - 10 months ago Reply

      Hi Rozann. I think it would depend on the type of organisation they were president of. It’s likely that any organisation big enough to have that kind of hierarchy would also have a written constitution that would set out the responsibilities of the various appointed or elected posts. I don’t think there’s a catch-all definition of what a choir president would do.

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