Jackdaws Song Club: An Inspiration!

As we approach one year of our e-Clubs, we are constantly delighted to hear how they have benefitted attendees. We have given a direction to your music making, and a conection to other people through three lockdowns and countless restrictions.

One member of Song club, Bruce Herriot, has written a short piece about what it means to him, and we’re delighted to share it below.

Last September I received an email from Jackdaws advertising their initiative during the Covid pandemic: The Friday morning e-Song Club. I had struggled to get back into singing over the summer and thought that this might be just the thing to get me going again. How right I was and how glad I am that I bravely pressed the zoom link the following Friday morning!

I have met some lovely people who are so supportive and so obviously love singing. I have been introduced to new repertoire, new technology (Appcompanist has revolutionised my home practice!) and I have joined 3 full day workshops organised by enterprising members of the group.

I decided that I needed a clear project for the winter and decided to learn Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe. Each week I sing the next song about the poet’s love, which gets sadder with each of the 16 songs. I plan to perform the cycle, with a friend playing the wonderful piano accompaniment, this summer as a charity concert: let’s hope that this will be possible.

Many thanks to Jackdaws for creating such a supportive platform for amateur musicians.

There is always room for more at our weekly Song and Piano Clubs, even if you’d just like to watch. We meet Friday mornings on Zoom, from 10 – 11am. Sign up the to e-Clubs newslettter to receive the meeting link.

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