This was planned as a workshop held in Braintree town centre which would hopefully attract new singers to join in with the choir and raise the profile of the choir locally. The workshop was well advertised in the local paper, the town centre and around the parishes. Many thanks go to Ian Whiteside, Bob Challis and Ernie Davis who braved the early morning chill from 6am to 8am to hand out leaflets at Braintree railway station on a bleak Monday morning.
The event was held in one of the elegant conference rooms of the Braintree Town Hall Centre. Both experienced singers and beginners had been invited to join with members of the choir to learn a selection of pop song arrangements, folk songs and songs from the shows. These included “Will ye go lassie go”, “Trains and boats and planes”, “Yesterday” and “You’ll never walk alone”. In a break from singing, Vince Horsman recounted one of the tales of Cousin Tom, a fictional member of the choir which produced a lot of laughter. The workshop involved two learning sessions with a break for refreshments in the middle and then at the end a short performance of everything that had been learnt.
It was a successful and well organised event which everyone enjoyed. Eight new singers joined the choir for the morning and we hope that a few of them might like to become permanent members of the choir.
Photography by Sue Horsman