Our annual gig at the Victoria Baths Open day is one of my favourites. As I approached the Victoria Baths on Sunday, I was struck again by the quality of the architecture. But it is not just an interesting building from the outside; step inside and the effect is stunning. Stained glass, lots of colour and the sound of our choir, in at the deep end of the pool and singing. The challenge we faced was attracting our audience away from the many distractions on offer – the café, fascinating stalls, the nooks and crannies of the building itself. Most of our songs were about water including: Saltwater; Kothbiro; I am a River; Kudekukuru; but we also sang Kom and Siyahamba (both from our recent work with our Icelandic visitors) and our old favourite Shona Malanga, to round off our second set. Apart from the encore Ipharadisi,that is.
One song we did not sing but I found the words came to me: We’re singing in the bath/Just singing in the baths/What a glorious feeling/We’re happy again…(with apologies).
Blog by William West, pic by Vicky Eden