Singing and dancing to "Samba Chill Samba Brazil"
An outstanding workshop
Around forty choir members and friends spent a hugely enjoyable Saturday singing under the skilled direction of the talented Ros Thomas. Her beautiful, well modulated voice was an inspiration to us all and we learned some useful techniques, in particular singing vowel sounds with an open rounded mouth. The sessions were well paced and Ros made the learning easy with her relaxed style which disguises a keen musical intelligence and excellent teaching skills.
We were privileged to be taught Ros's own compositions, namely 'Swing the World with Harmony', 'Take Time', 'I Am Not (Otherwise known as The Jumper Song), 'Where the Swallows Gather', and 'Where there is Rain and Dew'. She also taught us Pam Donkin's 'Got to get the beat', 'Waiter Water' (anon, from Rounds Galore), Fiona Moore's 'In the Kitchen', Hugh Davis' 'O LayLay',and 'Samba Chill' (anon). We finished the day with Peter Amidon's arrangement of SimKahn's moving song 'Here is my Home'
The songs were wide ranging in style from blues to African to Samba and we all admired the way the parts fitted together to make so much more than a whole. We were encouraged to leave our comfort zones and try an unfamiliar part and as the day went on most people gained the confidence to do so.
I heard many comments that this had been the best workshop ever, so we are most grateful to Ros for her time and talent.
Thanks as always to my Committee colleagues for organising the event and to the Refreshment Team who did a great job keeping us going.