René is a past choir committee president and now in charge of the Tech Crew. Michèle has become our go-to girl for Front of House. She is always there to set up and sell CDs and manage all our volunteers (tickets, door, seating etc.) We could not do this without her!
We arrive at every new venue with a little trepidation -- wondering where we will stand or how well we will hear each other. Every church has different acoustics which is further affected by the bodies of the audience.
A large, bright modern building, Trinity United - on Maitland Avenue in Ottawa - promised to house a large audience, and we weren't disappointed! The concert was in aid of the Jubilee Foundation.
I couldn't find a single person to take photos of us on stage, so you'll have to take my word for the fact that the church was full. It was, and the audience was mostly new to us. Or, we were new to them.
Whatever, they were a bit shy at first, not sure about the protocol for our concert (relaxed). But, one song in, a joke or two and Pete had them laughing and smiling.
Maybe they never saw a choir like us -- no director in front (Pete sings in the tenor section and directs with small movements of his book and his head) -- no invisible barrier to connect with our listeners.
Our concerts are more intimate and personal than some others since Pete encourages us to look at the audience and each other.
Our choir is like a big family, and Pete and I are there till the end to make sure no singer is left without a ride home.
We leave as we came, with René and Michèle, our arms full of the stuff that makes a concert happen.