• North Coast Harmony

A time for reflection

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

North Coast Harmony, first birthday, happy birthday
Happy first birthday to us!

Happy Birthday to us!

Happy Birthday to us!

Happy Birthday North Coast Harmony!

Happy Birthday to us!

(Sung in 4 part a cappella harmony, obviously!)

We had a bit of a party, there was cake, and Mel and I got flowers (Mel cried of course!).

12 months in and it seems like a good time to reflect on the last year. And what an amazing year we've had! We've put together a repertoire, we've performed publicly, we're financially stable and we're still attracting new ladies.

I have learned some things about running a chorus though…

1. It’s not just about music. It’s about advertising and documentation and bookings and insurance and health and safety and finances and social media and emails and online file sharing and a million and one other admin things. And there is a ton of paper and files you have to cart around to every rehearsal. I am thankful I have Mel. Every chorus should have a Mel – they organise and get stuff done so you can get on with the business of making music.

2. I had no idea how much work the committees of my previous choruses did. Belated shout-out to you all!

3. People don’t agree with everything you want to do, or each other. Hoorah for democracy and having the final say on music related malarkey!

4. What we do isn’t for everyone. It takes hard work and dedication to learn to sing a cappella harmony, and sometimes people only want to have fun. Sometimes people have lives beyond chorus, and that means they just don’t have the time needed to commit to this. Sometimes you have to let people go, and not take it personally.

5. There is a huge online community of MD’s who are just like me, and who face the same trials and tribulations as me. They have been an endless source of support and advice, for which I am truly grateful. It’s been a joy to share our successes with them too, and to share in theirs.

6. For me, this is not the part time hobby I’d anticipated, it’s an all-consuming full time job, with overtime. And I love every minute of it!

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