On Sunday 7th May we were invited to support DMS with their community concert. This was the second time that we’d been invited to a concert of theirs and the first time that I had been involved since I joined.
All of the musicians came together for two joint rehearsals in Solihull to get a real feel of the magnitude of the people involved. As soon as I arrived, the music school was bustling with other choirs. I remember being taken aback by the soloist’s voice, she sounded so soulful and almost effortless! During the rehearsal I was able to meet some friendly faces from another choir, the Solihull pop chorus, who were incredibly friendly. I felt like that embodied the true meaning of community as their choir consisted of three different branches that came together for this concert.
We weren’t there for very long but because of the sheer amount of people coming and going, there was some time to socialise with other members of THGC which I always love! And a chance to listen along to the other songs in the concert. We ended our rehearsal on Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles’ that day which I thoroughly enjoyed! It was the first time that I’d rehearsed it with the band and it really was just a bit of lively fun – I couldn’t stop smiling when we were done.
We got there bright and early to start with rehearsals ahead of a long day. By 12:30 there had clearly been smoke machines and people getting balloons ready which looked amazing. I was so intrigued to see how it would pan out. There was a lot of sitting around during the rehearsals as there were long waits between our songs. As one of many teachers in THGC, I bought marking with me. It was lovely listening to the sounds of one boy practicing his clarinet backstage while I left comments on my students’ work!
While watching the concert I couldn’t help but be reminded of how much effort and organisation goes into organising shows on a massive scale like this. My favourite acts were the X-Factor contestant. I’d never heard an Adele cover quite like it, his voice was mesmerising. Also Richard and Adam’s act with Faith Tucker was absolutely mind blowing – Tom Bleasby.
I really enjoyed the variety of music and acts that were celebrated during the evening – it certainly made for a memorable night!