The BlueBelles are ultimately not a competitive choir. Quite frankly they would rather sing for tea and cake than for a judge. Nevertheless, sometimes it’s a good idea to step outside of your comfort zone and the occasional challenge, in the form of competition, is good for them. At least this is my view.
So, we entered the choral class at the Mid Somerset Festival for A Capella Choirs of 16 voices or less. This year we were up against four other choirs. The majority of whom do a lot of competitions. The rules were simple. Two items of own choice, any number of parts. Time Limit: 8 minutes. The choirs in our group were:
This year we had chosen to sing – Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay with Hannah singing the solo. This was followed by my arrangement of Goodnight Sweetheart. It turned out I had in fact entered these songs the other way around, but it seemed more logical to end with Goodnight. However, this did pose a challenge because although the second song started on the same note as the first one had ended, we had moved from F major to B flat major!
Luckily the BlueBelles are ever professional and coped with this change of plan remarkably well. We had a great time at the festival and finished 3rd in our class with a certificate of Commendation. It was then decided in the absence of cake, the next best thing was to go for lunch!