27th – 28th April 2019 was an exciting weekend for Pennine Chimes, as once again LABBS were hosting a Harmony College education event at the University of Nottingham.
11 members of our chorus made the trip down, and we could be found in both Red and Blue Choruses as well as the Personal Development stream!
Aside from the early start due to the fire alarm on Saturday morning leaving some of us slightly fresher than expected, we had an incredible time. From the main chorus streams under the direction of Jo Braham and Sally McLean, to the personal development stream, the huge variety of pick and mix sessions and even via Bugs Bunny’s ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ – the weekend was incredibly inspiring and memorable.
We had two first time attendees of Harmony College in the Team Pennine contingent and they had this to say:
“It’s been a weekend of hard work, but it’s been absolutely worth it! Having people from the director’s stream in with us gave us a new appreciation for how much work a director is really doing – even if they make it look easy!” – Mandy
“I went to a pick and mix session about tapping into your lived experiences. It’s incredible how different a song can be based on the emotions you’re putting into it from your own life story” – Pauline
“Singing in such a large chorus was very different for me, but it was amazing. The confidence I had in such a big chorus, I’m going to apply to ours too” – Lisa P
“I really enjoyed the personal development stream, there was so much to learn! Even when things were a little beyond my theoretical knowledge, there was always something I could take away from the session.” – Janet
We’re so glad we have access to such incredible events thanks to LABBS, giving us the chance to learn, to meet new people and to bond more with our own chorus too!
Til next time!