What are Royston Choral Society singers up to at home?

With the current coronavirus pandemic preventing the choral society from rehearsing, and with many members being confined to their homes for many of the hours of the day, we thought we would find out what musical activities some of them are up to.......

Val Hirst sings a verse of The Owl and the Pussycat when washing her hands. She points out that there are three verses, so it’s more interesting than Happy Birthday. What songs do you wash your hands to?

Neil Heywood admits “My regular fix has been to listen to William Saunders on Facebook playing a daily hymn, initially on the St Edmundsbury Cathedral organ and now from home. Some splendid ones guaranteed to cheer you up." Follow him here.

Jenny Leitch commends Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus saying “it’s 30 minutes daily at 5.30pm, previous episodes are available but not necessary. It starts with physical band voice warm-ups. Breaks the sense of isolation.”

Sue Pegram and Tessa Rock are also tuning in to the Great British Home Chorus; this gives you a flavour of what’s involved.

Cynthia Prince says “I’ve enjoyed looking at the many music posts on Facebook - good to have some humour in these strange times. Have you seen a ‘Song for the World’ - Stephen Ridley singing a version of ‘Imagine’ in a station? It’s well worth a listen”. Listen to it here.

Meanwhile, her husband Richard is playing through a book of Mazurkas [piano pieces written by Chopin based on traditional Polish dances] to keep his fingers going and is teaching a pupil on FaceTime.

Huw Jenkins, Chair of Royston Choral Society, reports “There are a few people whose regular tweets at the moment are amusing me….. Jamie Hall does some lovely daily postings under the #bathroberecitals hashtag.

Also on Twitter, Huw is following Anna Lapwwood’s #BachAThon. As the lockdown first hit, Anna posted “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could fill Twitter with Bach instead of cancellations, fear and sadness? Time for a virtual Bach-a-thon! Post a video of some Bach and, if you are able, donate to @HelpMusiciansUK to support those musicians struggling.” Follow the contributions here.

Huw finishes by saying… “This is a beautiful film put together by Tom Guthrie. Since it’s aimed at fundraising for musicians suffering financially at this difficult time it will definitely be close to Andrew’s heart.” Where have all the flowers gone?.