I hope everyone has had a really great Christmas, and that you’re looking forward to 2014. I know I am! It’s been an incredible year, filled with drama and emotion – both personally and professionally. It was the year in which Toni had her life-saving transplant operation, which had its highs and lows – it was one of the most worrying times of my life, waiting for her to come out of theatre, and the weeks after the op were incredibly stressful and difficult, but since then the changes in her have been incredible to see, and that has been truly remarkable. It was also the year in which I finally proposed, after seven years of us being together.
Professionally, there have been some real highlights to 2013 too. We’ve done three incredible “big concerts” with BeVox (“Music at the Minster” in Southwell Minster, “Music for Life” at Wakefield Cathedral and “A Circle of Life” at Elsecar Heritage Centre). We joined with City Voices Cardiff and the Rodillian Singers to create three memorable flash mobs in London for Victoria BID. We’ve sung at weddings and funerals, in exhibition centres and greenhouses, in pubs, hotels and pumping stations(!), and helped to raise over £7,000 for several charities. And although it wasn’t a BeVox event, I was also thrilled to be the artistic director for the “Donate Life” concert at Sheffield City Hall, with Matt Cardle, Aled Jones and the National Transplant Choir.
I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the Spring season, which starts on 6th January in Wakefield (7th in Nottingham, 9th in Sheffield). We’ve got some interesting music this time around, and a great venue for our big concert. We’re working on a little extra something for towards the end of the season (we’ll announce the details here as soon as they’re confirmed). We’re also putting a call out for any local places you’d like to perform in – we want to really get out into the community this season and give as much back as we possibly can.
One final reminder before I sign off for this year – if you want to sing with us in January, you need to sign up via BeVox OnLine – and if you want us to print your music or burn you a CD, you need to sign up and request this via the OnLine system by the end of this year!
Happy New Year to you all, and I hope we’ll see you in 2014.