Then fast forward to Christmas 2013, in a friend’s HOME a chance conversation about singing I confessed " I STILL HAVENT FOUND WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR" . I explained to the assembled guests that I HAVE A DREAM - telling them of my burning desire to sing but that I realised that with my voice I was only CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
Now what I didn't know was that I was talking to two of CÓRus's SILVER BELLS and ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, before I knew it I was singing with them and we were all ROCKING ROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE ! Everyone around me told me I should hold on to my singing dream. "NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY” they said as they explained about CÓRUS, where ordinary voices make extraordinary music !
Well in that ONE MOMENT OF TIME I grew WINGS & within days UP I went to CÓRus in the Grainstore in Cabinteely Park.I asked our talented Leader Kevin to TAKE A CHANCE ON ME and met the most terrific bunch of people singing as 1st's, 2nd's and 3rd's .......and not a goldfish among them!
In CÓRus we work hard to get every word, every note and every movement right but we SURVIVE and have a lot of fun on our musical journeys every week .
Now, I know I am never going to become a soloist in the National Concert Hall - but neither do I want to be.NOTHING COMPARES to singing with friends, it makes you SHINE and RUMOUR HAS IT that it's good for your health too. So if you or someone you know fancies singing just drop in as a guest to your nearest CÓRus Choir Class www.CÓRus.ie and become a member of the most powerful HALLEUJAH CÓRus in Ireland ....but don't wait too long - as MISS OTIS REGRETS she didn't join sooner !
There is a little practice involved to learn the words and the moves, but this improves confidence. It did take me about three weeks to settle in and on the third week some new people arrived. They seemed a little daunted because by then we were starting I Will Survive and knew two songs pretty well. I suggested to them not to be put off and explained how I felt on my first night and from my own experience I am glad I started on the first night of term as I would have been overwhelmed too.
I had been to the Helix and really enjoyed the show. It was the lightness, banter and fun element that attracted me to CÓRus as well the joy of the singing. Our Choir director Kevin is just brilliant. His whole face lights up with the music and especially some of the dance moves! So even if I was in bad form going over to Malahide I know I would come away feeling lighter, especially when Kevin gets us to exercise our facial muscles with "lavatory, lavatory, bidet, bidet, wooosh"!
The 40 years were done
And now the new requirement
Was to sing and have some fun
Then a friend that I did meet
And told of my desires
She said, I know the very place
That'll fill what you require
I said there surely cannot be
One place to do the two
Just go, she said and you will see
I guarantee for sure
So along I went to CÓRus
And Lord what I did find
My life will never be the same
The old one left behind
We breathe, we stretch
We dance, we boogie
We sing and laugh
No longer moody
The friendships form
The chatter rises
But Mary rules the roost with kindness
And every May to the stage we take
To a hall full of our kith and kin
Arms by the side, we don't collide
We fill our teachers' hearts with pride
So I thank the day my friend did tell
Of CÓRus and its Magic Spell.
There is such a relaxed approach to these evenings. Mary the CÓRus teacher is a delight. She makes us feel so relaxed and has such a great approach with us all. She's hilarious too. All ages are present and all genres of music are sung. Hearing the sound of approximately 80 voices singing together in harmony is nothing more magical.
These evenings give my mum such a lift and what I thought was a favour to her has unexpectedly given me a boost too. It’s an uplifting night where everything else in your life is left at the door and you relax and get caught up in the music. As Shakespeare said " If music be the food of love, play on".