After a well earned cup of tea we continued our singing in St Thomas's with Harbour by Anna Tabbush, a song written in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The sound we made together was beautiful and really very moving. Many of you have written in your feedback that it was a highlight for you. I look forward to continuing with this song in my Clarity choirs in September.
We then moved on to learning Sinje Nje Nje with Claire. This is a song about ancestors and prayer from South Africa. It was such a joyful song to sing and a real ear-worm! We explored the space whilst we sang and enjoyed doing some actions too.
After lunch I taught you Oh River, a short 'layer song' by MaMuse. Claire then led Vichnaya Pamyat, a beautiful Ukranian song meaning 'Eternal Memory'. We explored the different spaces in the church and experimented with singing to each other from either end of the church.
We then took a short walk down the road to the magnificent Wells Cathedral where we were able to sing our songs to unexpected crowd! Hearing your voices soar in that amazing space was a real treat, especially in the Chapter House where we brought the day to a close. Singing Vichnaya Pamyat in there was a stand out moment for me.
Participant feedback from Summer Sing with Claire Stronach, Wells in 2023:
Absolutely brilliant, loved every minute of it. Such a good choice of songs and you worked so well together.
Lovely songs, good choice, good variety. Loved the venues - such a treat to sing in the cathedral. Thank you.
I feel re-invigorated by this lovely chance to sing in harmony with friends and strangers. The venues were inspiring too.
Moving and magical. It's amazing what 50 individuals can achieve in a single workshop.
Really enjoyed - would come again and recommend to others. Loved the enthusiasm of Clara and Claire - gifted people!
Wonderful day, enjoyed singing in Wells Cathedral- once in a lifetime experience.