Black Sheep Penned In

Type of post: Chorus news item
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Posted By: Susan Davis
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, 5 Mar 2021
Black Sheep Penned In.


Since March 2020, Zoom has become our greatest weapon against Covid! The pandemic has been especially challenging for Black Sheep Harmony as the initial lockdown coincided with our new MD, Pete “Nooj” Nugent’s debut. He has yet to lead a physical rehearsal.  He’s done an amazing job, keeping us together and learning so thank you Pete.  Our rehearsals are important to our members, and we’ve continued them throughout. Although unable to sing together as before, we can still warm up and sing along to our repertoire whilst muted (and we always sing beautifully!). 
But at present, the social aspect of our meetings takes priority. We include items such as desert island discs; quizzes; show and tell, and our latest – “Who are Ewe” (we love a Sheep pun!) - we share something that nobody else knows! These items and the ability to chat together have been crucial, helping us feel connected and supported during this difficult year.  We’ve even been able to continue recruitment, a real achievement in such challenging times.
We are especially proud of Zoom Into Christmas, our 5 week online course for women of all singing abilities in Nov and Dec 2020 which had 3 main aims –
- Teach two Christmas songs in four-part harmony to both the chorus and the course delegates and produce a Christmas Choir video;
- Help attendees improve or even find their singing voice with a range of vocal techniques which they could take away;
- Spread the joy of singing and encourage people to take it up.
The final week was a celebration of achievement with certificates being awarded. We had 80 registrants and many of the local ladies enjoyed it enough to return! We are delighted to have welcomed 7 auditionees directly as a result of the course, to add to the other 4 who have joined us during lockdown.
To see our Christmas Choir singing Little Saint Nick, click on this link