Monday, 11 November 2013

Brahma Kumaris’ Imagine Event at Days Hotel Manchester

9 November 2013
We’ve had a busy weekend. Saturday evening found us singing for the Brahma Kumaris Imagine event at the Days Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester. Special guest speaker was Jayanti Kirpalani whose work involves initiating dialogues on how we can make better living a reality.
The evening involved two talks by Sister Jayanti, including a short meditation, and three sessions by the choir. Some of us were more convinced than the others by the message that Brahma Kumaris offers.  Equally some joined in the meditation and others didn’t.  I personally didn’t: I was much too aware that straight afterwards we had to move smartly and purposefully – but not in a panic – from our seats on to the stage and be ready to sing. I did shut my eyes and listen to the words, though. And I slept better that night than I have for a long time.
Whatever we thought we were certainly well-looked after, well organised (the event was very carefully planned) and greatly appreciated. There was a really warm and friendly atmosphere.
We opened the proceedings with Deep River and Blue Skies. Later were we back on stage to sing Imagine after a particularly moving poem with the same title was read out. Our final session, whilst the rest of the delegates received their gift and blessing from Sister Jayanti, involved Wonderful World, Longer and Love is the Sweetest Thing. From where I was standing our four soloists in Longer sounded and looked better than ever.
A really pleasant evening.  As ever, great to be making music with people who have become friends with the added bonus that others seem to enjoy it as well. Here’s to many more.
And watch this space: up next our visit to the North Wales Choral Festival                   

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