Learning two new songs, one in Icelandic (or was it just dee-dom-dee-ic?), practising them with the Icelandic Choir – Kór Reyðarfjarðarkirkju – and then performing them together in front of a sellout audience in Didsbury Baptist Church was some challenge, much delight and above all, great fun.
This was all part of our contribution to a benefit concert for Shelter – sadly still needed more than ever after all these years. Kór Rey performed first and for a relatively small choir of about 25 people they delivered a rich and full sound. Hearing Let it Be sung in Icelandic was a real treat. For the final two numbers of their set we (Manchester Community Choir) joined them on stage. It was stunning to sing with them in this way and the audience seemed to feel the same. Then we (MCC) did our set with great gusto including our alarming ghost song As she moved before being joined by Kór Rey for a powerful Scandinavian Kom! (video here) followed by Siyahamba a rousing South African song (video here).
When the concert was over we just could not stop singing. In the Fletcher Moss pub afterwards we seemed to repeat the concert with even more enthusiasm and possibly a few more ‘mistakes’: that’s the picture above. It was all surprisingly well received by the bar staff and pub regulars – we have the landlord’s (Martin) word on this (!) and with a fair few I-phone videos occurring. There was talk of us visiting Iceland – watch this space!