|The wonderful Bonnie and Dennis|
Every year, after about the second week of June, our choir takes a summer break. Usually, I am quite ready for this to happen, as sometimes being in a choir can be a lot of work, and there is nothing amiss about an extra evening free in a week (especially when one works evening shift.) The feeling that choir vacation is great typically lasts about a fortnight. Then, I am ready to get back in the saddle – or more aptly, choir stall – again. So, I have to say that the beginning of the new choir year is something I look forward to all summer. This year, our choir retreat was particularly fabulous! It was, of course, wonderful to see all the friends that I hadn’t seen for several months, but there were a couple of particularly extra special tweaks. We had a performance by an amazing violinist, Marianne Martinolia, a member Jubilate! – one the cathedral’s Youth Music ensembles. She was astonishing! At the end of her breathtaking performance, the choir members were momentarily struck silent before erupting in violent applause. It was a moving experience to hear such absolutely exquisite music.
One part of the retreat which I always especially look forward to is the Blessing of the Choristers, and this year’s blessing was even more meaningful, as it included a blessing of two of our choristers on their 50th wedding anniversary. And what an adorable couple they are – both now and then. They hardly look a day older, do they?