With the country back in lockdown the choir is now meeting up again over Zoom. We have had a treat for the start of 2021.
The choir has been very fortunate to link up with our past president Dr Haydn James during January. Firstly, we were treated to an evening whereby choir members were invited to ask Haydn questions about his extensive musical career. We were given a fascinating insight into the nine occasions he has conducted massed choir festivals (1000 Voices’) at The Royal Albert Hall. There were so many questions and so little time via Zoom, that a second session is planned soon.
We were much encouraged by Haydn’s positive response to a question regarding our choir’s attendance at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, for singing again at one of the future matches organised by The Welsh Rugby Union (of which, Haydn is The Musical Director).
Our second session in January, he kindly agreed to play a selection of songs for us to sing (on mute) over Zoom, as these pieces had all featured during his past performances, and we were immediately taken back to our times at The Royal Albert Hall. The only frustration for Haydn was the inability of Zoom and the Internet connections to allow him to conduct us. Never mind, it paves the way for future events.