Saturday, June 23, 2012

Concert at Relay for Life

The Embro Thistle Singers' reasons for being are song, service and fun.  Well, we fulfilled those last night at the Relay for Life in Ingersoll.

Last year we were asked to sing and although they really enjoyed our songs, many said that there just weren't enough.  This year we were given 20 minutes to sing and we presented, Hallelujah, Over the Rainbow, Because We Believe, I Have a Dream, You Raise Me Up and Wonderful World.  The choir outdid themselves and sang like angels.  A number of cancer survivors came up and hugged one streaming tears.  They loved our choices of music as they seemed to be just for them.  Indeed, that was our intention.

It is a tiny stage and the sun was shining right at the singers.  Hence, I stood to the side.  Now if you notice in the corner, our wonderful Kristy is playing our accompaniment.  As is often the case when performing outdoors, the wind was ruffling her music.  She couldn't turn the pages if they were all pegged so our Mayor, Ted Comiskey, became our page turner.  Kristy is also a Town Councillor.  How many choirs can boast that the Mayor turned pages for a performance for which a Town Councillor is the accompanist?  Therein lies the FUN.  Ted was trying to hold down the current page and be ready to turn the next.  Kristy was trying to read over his arm.  Once,he turned the page too fast and she missed a couple of chords so he turned it back but by then we were on to the next.  It is a good thing Kristy can improvise.  Check out the concentration on these two in the next picture.
Check out the placement of Mayor Comiskey's arm and the lift on Kristy's chin.  Oh the fun we have.

This is the tenth anniversary of the Ingersoll Relay for Life.  To celebrate that, a massive cake had been made which was cut in a ceremony during our singing of What a Wonderful World.  How cool is that?
Our local paper took pictures of that and I will include those in the next post.

We have our last practice before the summer break this Sunday.  I have to say that I will miss our regular musical meetings and will look forward to our August 26th Pot Luck and practice.  Food, Fun and Music.  Now that is a fine way to get back to business. 


Colleen said...

Go ETS! Woo hoo! I love that Ted had to hold the music down. Good thing the mayor is musical is all I can say! And good thing Kristy is so good she can improvise!

Ann said...

I was there and you all sounded fantastic. Great write up Kitty. Keep up the good work.

Embro Thistle Singers said...

Thanks Ann. It was a privilege to be a part of such a great event.

Embro Thistle Singers said...

Oh yeah. You haven't lived until you look over to give cues and there are the two heads together looking so very serious. What fun!!