Today the sun was out, the choir was out and the daffodils were out – it must be Spring!
In fact, the daffodils on King Street in Manchester were being handed out by collectors for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity to passers-by who stopped to listen to our singing and who dropped a contribution in the buckets. We were delighted to have helped the charity in its fund-raising during the morning.
We sang two sets of our more rousing songs including ‘Shosholoza’, ‘I Paradisi’ and, of course, our favourite ‘Sing John Ball’. We also gave our new song ‘Who Will You Be?’ its first outing for all the Grannies and Grandads in the audience – and in the choir.
It’s been wonderful to see that the real daffodils are also out now bringing their promise of a warmer time. It’s unfortunate that, through the legend of the boy Narcissus, the Latin name of such a lovely flower is associated with excessive self-love and vanity.
Which brings us neatly to the subject of Twitter.
It turns out that we were live on a Twitter feed! This came as something of a surprise to those of us who had no idea that such a thing was possible, but we know it’s true because we got a message from our song arranger Alison that she’d been watching and that we sounded good! (Here’s a fragment of video from that feed)
A worldwide live audience, no less. How we are going up in the world! But steady with the self-love and vanity!