They wanted something to kickstart their day. Something that would give it a bit of sparkle. We only had a little notice for this and not that many of us are available during the day. Nevertheless, we assembled a bass, four altos, four tenors and four sopranos. Not so different, then, from our small group singing and actually very similar to what happened when the choir first started out just over ten years ago.
The Lighthouse is at once a church and a conference venue. It is situated very near to the Metrolink and has a car park. Easy to get there, then. It is also just a short drive from the Salford Quays. Added bonus: there is a purpose-built performance area.
Warming-up in the pleasant café area was just as enjoyable as the performance itself. It was partly a matter of finding the songs which worked best with this combination of people. Jeff settled on I Say a Little Prayer, I Got Rhythm and Sleep My Child.
It was thoroughly pleasant and though there were only a few of us, we could feel the weight of the whole choir behind us. All of that practising together makes this work.
Then it was coffees all round and a quick trip down to Media City for an hour in the sun before we all set off back to our daily lives.
We hope we sparkled enough for the NHS and that they will continue to do their very good work happily.