‘Let’s get together and feel all right…’

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P1100782‘Let’s get together and feel all right…’

…and that is exactly what happened last Sunday when we celebrated Magenta’s 10th anniversary at our workshop and performance, followed by tea and celebratory cakes a gogo. Our birthday celebration featured as part of the Moseley Festival and took place at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in the large Shrine Room; an acoustically friendly space which had our harmonies dancing
round the room!

Singing alongside our current choir members, were friends, family and those who just wanted to ‘have a go’. It was especially good to see several former choir members who had come to join us,  adding a touch of nostalgia and indeed amazement as two are now living in Hong Kong and the USA!

The song chosen for this year’s workshop was “One Love’, freshly arranged in four parts by Liz Garnett, our founder and director. After two hours and expert teaching  by Liz we delivered the world premier of the song, in true performance style, to our invited audience. Magenta then sang several songs from our repertoire with a finale of ‘Let the River Run’, when we were joined by seven of our former members who added sparkle to the occasion and definitely enhanced our performance.

By the end of the afternoon, we were certainly in need of some serious sustenance and delighted to find tables heaving with an assortment of tempting delicacies and pots of tea ready to refresh our participants.  The atmosphere was lively and convivial and the mood was perfectly set to show our appreciation to Liz, with carefully chosen gifts as a thank you from the members of Magenta for all her energy, enthusiasm and expertise over the last ten years.

So, a special anniversary celebrated in a special way with a nod to a special person…and we were all able to say with confidence that we did get together and we did feel all right!

Gill Lingard

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