Who’ll be the lady who’ll be the lord / When we are ruled by the love of one another?
As a regular library user I was delighted to once more be singing with the Choir in Manchester Central Library. It is a stunning and circular 1930s building which is well worth a visit in its own right. And there was a resonance between what public libraries are for; the words of many of our songs with their focus on love, freedom and equality and the best of the spirit of the festive season.
The choir had had as ever both an extra rehearsal on Thursday and a warm up rehearsal prior to our Saturday morning performance. These rehearsals enabled Liz, our choir director, to help us raise our game both technically so that we sounded even better(!) but also, equally important, to be even more whole-hearted in our performance.
And so it proved. We sang a delightful set of both festive songs such as Ring it in, Tar Barrel, Oley Ley Loyla, Past Three A’ Clock and some old favourites expressing the spirit of our choir – Sing John Ball, Saltwater, Ipharadisi and Siyahamba. Our songs were well received and mince pies followed.
Blog by William West
The video is of the choir singing Sydney Carter’s ‘Sing John Ball’ (arr by our MD Liz Powers) earlier this year at the Llangollen International Eistedfodd. Thanks to Graham Fenton.