Fantastic singout at ‘A Night At The Movies’ as guests of Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band who entertained us with show tunes from Jaws, Harry Potter, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and many many more.
|Amazing evening singing through our repertoire for Saturday’s ‘A Night at the Movies’ with Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band. The event will not only feature our amazing group of 26 ladies but also have an octet and a quartet too. #SilverBand #JoysofSinging #ShowTunes|
After what felt like an eternity we finally managed to sing in public and ring in Christmas at Bracknell's Lexicon shopping centre. We ended up having to compete with a singing Christmas tree but even that was not enough to dent our spirits. We regaled shoppers with our Christmas repertoire and even managed to put in a few moves and raise some money for the Lexicon's charity.
Unfortunately this was our one and only public event for 2021 but we are hoping that 2022 will give us more opportunities to entertain audiences and do what we love best - SING!
The Covid pandemic proved to be a very trying time for the Barberettes. For a group that loved to get together to not only socialise together but also sing having to resort to Zoom wasn't an easy task and unfortunately by the time we finally were able to be back together again physically saw our numbers dimish as the routine of our Wednesday get-togethers became something of the past for some of our members.
On Sunday 7th November the Barberettes were honoured to have one our founding members Wendy come back to celebrate receiving her 45th LABBS certificate at an intimate tea party. Being able to host a social event was one of the highlights of 2021 for the Barbs following our last social in May 2020 before we had to close due to the Covid pandemic. Hopefully 2022 will give us plenty of reasons to celebrate our friendships and connections with others.
No one could have foreseen how much life was going to change from March 2020 and the impact Covid would have on all our lives from wearing masks, queueing at supermarkets, working from home instead of going into the office daily, cancelled holidays and not being able to see family and friends for many months. One of the hardest restrictions I found was not being able to sing each week with the Barberettes in person.
So imagine my excitement when the government announced we could meet together in a group of 30 outside. So arrangements were made to meet in a local park on our usual rehearsal night, unfortunately the weather in May had different ideas so we had to postpone that evening and resume back to meeting on zoom.
For our first week back together the weather was much kinder, well at least it was dry but still cold so there we were gathered together, socially distanced sitting on our own chairs with coats on in the middle of a local park. All I can say is that the youngsters on the skate park must have wondered who were these ‘strange’ ladies who put masks on their faces and then started to sing. We were all very tentative on how this was going to work when we had not seen each other in person in some instances for over a year. It was great to see chorus members had suddenly grown their legs back after just seeing their heads for the last 12 months on zoom !!
The 2nd week felt much better not only as the weather was much warmer but you could feel friendships were beginning to resume where they had left off in March 2020 and the banter was beginning to return. We sat away from the skate park this week.
3rd week – as a chorus we had been looking for a new home to rehearse on a permanent basis so thanks to members of the committee we could now rehearse in the gardens of a local church. To be honest this was such a relief as we had now the use of a toilet. The previous 2 weeks sitting in a local park with no toilets did give some us training in bladder control !! Again we brought our own chairs, sat socially apart and with singing masks at the ready you could feel we all felt so much more relaxed than singing in the park.
4th week – back at the local church which is now going to be our new permanent home with the sun shining – the Barberettes were back with a renewed positivity as we begin to rebuild after the lockdown experience.
5th week – we are expecting some new ladies to come along and join us.
So here’s to the weeks, months ahead as we increase our stamina and vocals and become stronger as a chorus.