In February we gave two more performances at care homes in Quorn. One was at the Orchards and the other at Abbeyfield. Both while the Abbeyfield concert was not our finest hour, we played much better at the Orchards. The important thing, however, was that at both concerts there was great audience participation and we came away thinking our playing had been really appreciated by staff and residents alike.
We had for several months began to feel that the Council Committee Room no longer met our needs as a rehearsal venue. We felt we need somewhere where we could sit practice in concert formation and where we had “up our game” to fill a larger room with our music and singing. We made the move to the Baptist Church Hall, where we have been made most welcome tenants.
February also saw the publication of our new, comprehensive Songbook. It contains 125 songs and medleys, and was substantially the work of Norman Sarsfield. The printing costs were met by a generous grant from Quorn Parish Council and the books were printed locally at Rawlins Academy. All members of the orchestra are given a Songbook.
We have more gigs on the horizon, at a school, at churches but most interestingly and probably most challenging the prospect of performing in the open air! The question of amplicication rears its head. Exciting times!