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Virtually Viva!

Singing together even when we’re apart…

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When choir rehearsals were understandably cancelled due to social distancing measures, we were imagining weeks of solo singing into hairbrushes, warbling in the shower, and chirruping into the ears of our locked-down family members.

But! Thank you Zoom app! And thank you Kathie for being determined to keep us together. Because now we have a way to meet up every week and sing our hearts out simultaneously, even though we’re scattered across Dorchester and beyond!

Although on Zoom we can’t all hear each other at the same time (we would go crazy!) we can learn our parts bit by bit with Kathie’s instruction, and then practise the songs in overlapping harmonies as we become more familiar with the music. In addition, Kathie has chosen recordings of some of our old favourites (Somewhere Only We Know, Hard Times and Amazing Grace, to name a few so far)  that allow us to individually sing layered above the entire choir harmony, giving a real feeling of togetherness.

If you haven’t joined us yet on Zoom, come and give it a try! Keeping that feeling of singing together as a choir is such a mood-booster and when we ‘un-mute’(!) at the start or end of the session the usual Viva chit-chat and laughter ensues! If you’re not sure how to work Zoom, drop Kathie, Wendy or Caroline an email and they’ll be happy to guide you.

Look forward to seeing you all again this Thursday, at 7pm (our new regular time whilst ‘virtual’!).

Viva Women’s Choir Commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

by Caroline Harborow

Viva Women’s Choir were honoured to be asked to return to sing at Dorchester’s Holocaust Memorial Day Event this January 24th.

Viva sang No More Silence, a folk song by The Burns Sisters.

Held at the Corn Exchange, the theme of this year’s commemoration was ‘Stand Together’, and the event included readings and presentations from Sunninghill Preparatory School and The Thomas Hardye School.

Read Dorchester Echo’s article on the event here.

Viva big/small hall timetable January 2020

by Caroline Harborow

Here is the hall timetable for Viva rehearsals at the Silver Band Hall:

Jan 9th: Small hall

Jan 16th: Big hall

Jan 23rd: Small hall

Jan 30th: Big hall

Feb 6th: Big hall

Feb 13th: Small hall

Feb 20th: Half term holiday, no rehearsal

Feb 27th: Small hall

Mar 5th: Big hall

Mar 12th: Small hall

Mar 19th: Big hall

Mar 26th: Small hall

Apr 2nd: Big hall