The Amici Chorus celebration concert on Wednesday last, the shortest day of the year, lightened the darkness of a troubled world. Your singing was energetic, full of passion, with clear diction and assured and a balance of voices. All in all it was a triumph and I thank you very much for working so hard throughout the term embracing such challenging music with increasing confidence and assurance. Thank you!
Thank you also for the help offered by the Amici committee throughout the term and the hard working band of helpers who prepared the church, sourced and served the refreshments and cleared up after every one had left. Similarly how wonderful that all the solo parts were sung so beautifully by members of Amici and Cantata …many thanks to Ruth, Amelia, Emily, Tony and Dirk.
The quality of music making is of course special but what is even more is the sense of community and sharing which characterises Amici. Both elements were recognised by audience members who have been in touch, offering comments such as;
Thank you for a truly wonderful evening which was inspiring and uplifting….
Thank you Amici for the start of a very special Christmas tide….
Your music was for me the essence of Christmas. The Bach testament to his and my faith……
What an extraordinary evening! Beautiful music making with a great choir and superb orchestra……….
And from Amelia the following:
(Amelia suffers from EDS …Ehlers Danlos Syndrome an extremely painful and debilitating degenerative condition )
Singing with Amici singers last night put me on a high for the rest of the night and all of today; I can quite literally feel the endorphins raging and honestly say that singing regularly the last 2 weeks has put every difficult and unbearable feeling of worthlessness and pain to one side. I can take a deep breath and say, “it’s all going to be OK!” The word community has never felt as apt; at each phrase it felt as though we breathed as one voice, as one person, as one set of lungs and each emotion was shared and amplified by the joy and love of the person next to us.
I can’t count the amount of smiles and hugs I got alone last night, so multiply that by each person in the choir and we practically have a singing AND mental health care revolution! Personally, I not only feel revitalised and overwhelmingly inspired, so much so that I was awake until 5am feeling excited about everything I wanted to accomplish, but also well! It didn’t matter for those hours that I was in lots of pain, that my body wanted to give in; my mind was alive, vamped, enriched by the experience of singing with everyone.
On the way home I cried whilst I laughed because it didn’t matter how much pain I was in or how how bad I’d been feeling because of this; the singing had given me a boost of happiness and the fight to keep on going. I often get so tearful having to be helped to wash my hair at night, get dressed or brush my own hair even though at different times in the day I can still walk and occasionally even jog, but the last two weeks singing has gotten me through very difficult times. This is a very selfish record of just how much singing has helped me, but last night every single person’s face was alight, was bright, was smiling, was happy, was pumped and to just listen to what people felt after we had finished performing was an emotional experience; not only were people excited, proud and full of energy they were totally enlivened by the beautiful audience response! In my 25 years I can honestly say I don’t remember ever seeing that many people singing at once, both choir and audience. If that doesn’t say community spirit to you, I don’t know what does! We are a community because we sing together. We’re a community because we smile together, breath with the music together, come together from different backgrounds, different walks of life and different experiences. That’s what a community is. We are Amici Singers and we are a beautiful community.
We will meet next on January 11 and you will sing in public again on January 21 along with other ensembles of Canterbury Cantata Trust ( 12.30 Colyer Fergusson Hall with performance at 15.00).
The Trust AGM will be held on Wednesday January 25th at 7.45 and will include an update from the chair and the treasurer.
With love and best wishes to you all for Christmas.