One of the nicest things about my job is that I’m exposed to the best bits of human nature on a regular basis. Three times a week, I’m surrounded by people who come together to share something they love doing, to see friends, to support each other and to dedicate a few hours to becoming better at something. The singers who make up BeVox are a loving, friendly, caring and generous bunch. This is a constant source of joy to me.
Yesterday, we came together to share that joy with an audience, and to remember one of our own who is no longer with us. The people that came to support us have matched our singers’ generosity of spirit with their generosity in donating to pancreatitis research, in memory of Carl. I’m overwhelmed to announce that the concert raised £3,089.35. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously – not just financially, but those who donated their time, energy and passion to make the event such a success.
And what a success it was! The atmosphere was electrifying, and it was thrilling to be singing to a packed house (again!). Every singer on that stage brought such energy and passion to the concert – energy that crackled in “Shine” and “Can you feel the boogie?”, passion that shone in “Fields of gold” and “The sound of silence”.
I believe last night was another milestone in the BeVox journey. It marked a point where we’ve “come of age” – I believe that as a choir, we now know we can do this, and that knowledge has brought a maturity of performance, a sensitivity to the music, and an ability to relax into the experience and enjoy it. Yes, we still have edges we can tidy up, but the core of what we do is now really solid and secure. We’re going to keep building on it!
We couldn’t achieve something like last night’s concert without the dedication of everyone involved. I’d like to correct an omission I made last night – please take a bow, Rickey Long, and accept my heartfelt thanks for accompanying us so ably. I’d also like to thank Miriam from Totally Boxed (and Emily and Maisie too), and my mum and dad, for all their assistance with the box office and looking after the audience. A big thank you to the event staff at Southwell Minster, who accommodated us wonderfully and were really helpful throughout. And of course, Pauline – where would we be without you? (Probably still in the dressing rooms, waiting to be called… 🙂
It’s been a tough season, with disruptions due to snow and illness. We’ve pulled together, overcome adversity, and shown what BeVox is really made of. I’m so proud of who we are together, and I can’t wait for next season – especially as (with luck) Toni will be back with us. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.