On the 23rd March, along with the nation, Much Wenlock’s Male Voice Choir was stopped in its tracks. Rehearsals and concerts were cancelled as the world went into lockdown.
But the choir is determined to bounce back, and is actively planning its way forward to a “new normal”
The choir is planning for a Covid safe environment in which they can come together once more, within Government Guidelines, to sing for pleasure, delight audiences and help others to raise funds for charity.
“It may take us some time” said Chairman Tom Thompson, “but we are working hard to get back in action as soon as is safe and practical”
The choir is learning how to get the best out of modern technology, using video meetings to exchange ideas and form plans, and providing choristers with personalised music recordings via the choir website, www.mwmvchoir.org.uk, so that they can continue practicing. “Working from home is possible even for choirs! But it can’t provide the camaraderie and stimulation of live performance” he said. “We have to find a way to continue, together”
During the break the choir’s current Musical Director, Paul Kelly, has won the opportunity to move his family to a new musical environment in the picturesque surroundings of the Orkneys. “Paul will be much missed” said Tom, “but as one door closes, another always opens.”
The choir is currently searching for a new Director. The successful candidate will play a key part in re-starting the choirs activity and, as only the third Musical Director in the choirs more than 50 years existence, will be able to stamp their own mark on the group.
“Throughout its 50 years the choir has managed to keep the delicate balance of maintaining its links with tradition whilst tuning in to the modern world, and will continue to do so” said Tom.