THE WELLINGTON COMMUNITY CHOIR IS ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY - WELL WORTH SUPPORTING
36 MONTHS AGO
Ralph Gracie, Secretary/Treasurer with the Wellington Community
Choir writes: "As a male, I have since puberty had it that I could
not sing. For me, that was the truth! At weddings and funerals I
would be at the rear, virtually mumbling the tune, afraid of
'singing up' lest I be heard and put others off. That is until I
decided to re-kindle my love of singing during primary school and
took the plunge to join this choir at its inception, 10 years ago.
My participation in this choir has shattered the "I can't sing"
illusion - falsely held for far too many years.
I now sing - often in the front row of the basses, supporting my
singing by tuning in with the others around me. In turn I provide
reciprocal support to others.
In preparation for scribing this note I jotted down a few key
thoughts of what this choir means to me. I wrote: 'Proud',
'Friendship', 'Sharing', 'Humour', 'Emotion', 'Love', 'Community',
'Engagement', 'Harmony', 'Willingness', 'Acceptance', 'Diversity
leading to unity', "Colourful', 'Teamwork', 'Tolerance', and even
'World Peace' (as a possibility).
Singing in this choir is risk-free and affirmations abound. We
sing with heads held high (no music scores to read) and thereby
make connection with each other and with our audience, especially
when performing in public. On occasions I have to say I get so
hooked by the spontaneous emotional reaction of our audience I have
to stop singing and re-gather myself.
The whole choir is a great team. I know as Secretary / Treasurer
I can make requests of anybody and have that request accepted. In
my experience there's no criticism of others, no back-stabbing, no
jealousies. Our time in rehearsal together provides an uplifting
experience. Some singers say they arrive tired or jaded after a day
at work and leave two hours later uplifted and energised.
Ours is a magic community of which I'm proud to be a member, and
proud to promote at every opportunity. Our choir's by-line "Singing
People Together" is so apt. Singing in the Wellington Community
Choir works! The Wellington Community Choir is my choir."