Gallery from Groby Sings Under the Stars
In each of the last seven years Groby Sings has started a new season in September, but we are unable to do so in 2020.
When will we re-start rehearsals?
In March, Groby Sings was suspended before the start of the coronavirus lockdown. In coming to that decision, the Management Team and Trustees took into account these factors:
A high proportion of our singers are in the high-risk group, because of age or medical conditions.
Singing is an activity which is particularly likely to spread viruses.
We rehearse in an enclosed space, with minimal ventilation.
It would not be practicable to reduce the risk of infection by socially distancing or wearing a mask.
Soon afterwards, government guidelines and regulations were introduced which meant we had no choice but to stay closed. These are still in place.
The Trustees and Management Team of Groby Sings have monitored the situation through the summer and will continue to do so. Not only taking into account the current guidance and regulations, but also our paramount aim to keep all of you safe and well whilst singing at Groby Sings, the choir is not able to restart in September. In fact, we will not be arranging any rehearsals until at least February 2021. As this date approaches, we will review the situation and let you know whether we can start then.
When will Helen be back?
As you may know, Chris Mallinson took over from Helen at the start of last season, due to Helen’s voice troubles. Unfortunately, despite ongoing voice therapy, Helen’s voice has not improved, and even speaking is now hard work for her. She has been told that recovery will be very slow and that recovering and maintaining her former voice will require a major change in her future life-style - she needs to lead a much quieter, calmer life!
Conducting requires a huge amount of energy not just in leading three or four rehearsals in a day, but also in giving herself whole-heartedly to being such a lively presence on stage. Helen has concluded that a return to conducting could be very harmful to her vocal health. Because of this Helen has taken the decision to retire completely from conducting and she has therefore resigned as Groby Sings’ conductor.
This obviously comes as a huge shock to us all. Helen founded Groby Sings in 2013 and since then she has led the choir in rehearsals and concerts throughout 14 seasons! She has enabled hundreds of adults and children to enjoy singing with each other weekly and to perform to large audiences, and she has brightened all of our lives. Her departure is immensely sad, for her and for us. Groby Sings will not be the same without her.
We are not able to say goodbye to Helen in person at the moment; however, Helen has promised to come to hear us sing at our next concert, whenever that is.
Who will conduct the choir when we re-start?
The Management Team are intending to resume rehearsals as soon as it’s safe to do so, and we’re fortunate that Chris has agreed to continue where he left off, if he’s free to do that when the time comes.
We do hope that you will support Chris as you’ve supported Helen in the past, so that we can live up to the name of our latest CD: Carry on Groby Sings. The greatest tribute that we can pay to Helen and all that she has done for us will be to keep singing.
Groby Sings Management Team
Singing in a community choir like Groby Sings is life transforming and it has been a gift to have been able to stand in front of you all and conduct you every week.
Groby Sings became a hit, such a glorious success, not because of any one of us but because of ALL OF US, everyone who turned up week in, week out and sang our hearts out. Because of all YOU wonderful people listening to your rehearsal CD's and driving your families mad and dressing up in your crazy costumes and arranging all the bears in your house to sing to when we couldn't gather to sing together.
Thank you so much for letting me be part of that. It has been so very special.
My prayer is that Groby Sings will continue long into the future.
That what we started 7 years ago will grow from strength to strength, continuing to touch people’s lives who need some hope and joy. But for that to happen, all you amazing people have got to hold tight until this pandemic is over and Groby Sings resumes. Then you've got to come back so you can finish off what was started last February and perform Groby Sings On The Road and many many more concerts after that.
As I skip off into the sunset of retirement, I need to have something to look forward to and returning to hear Groby Sings perform songs from Calamity Jane is top of my list.
Keep singing everyone. Keep laughing. Most importantly….you know what’s coming…keep eating that delicious cake!
The Fifteenth Season - Currently suspended
'Groby Sings On the Road' featuring songs from Calamity Jane, Simon and Garfunkel and other travelling hits.
All rehearsals at The Club, Groby on Mondays started on 24th February 2020 and were suspended in March 2020. We look forward to resuming when it is safe to do so.
Performances: the booking for 27th & 28th June 2020 was cancelled.
Groby Sings Under the Stars
Performances were 30th November & 1st December 2019.
Comments from Groby Under the Stars
We acknowledge with gratitude the support received this season from the following sponsors:
Wendie Woo the Smiley Steward
Three Old Friends
The Singing Gardener
Happy Face and the Geeky Scientist
Two Amazing Altos
Six Golden Girls
who have jointly funded the production of our words booklets.
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