Tuesday, March 31, 2015
And, as always, you'll have the chance to join us in song.
All are welcome - our concerts are about an hour long with lots of variety. Even the smallest children will enjoy themselves!
Admission is by donation.
See you there!
It was an amazing experience - the kids got to bring the songs that we had prepared to a whole new level with a huge massed choir, new dance moves, and a whole new understanding of how to pronounce words African style. A grade 11 singer from De La Salle high school in Ottawa solo'ed on one of the numbers - what a great inspiration for our young singers.
One of the highlights was a young African singer that Scott Leithead had brought along - Nelson. He sang several songs for us, amazing us with his beautiful voice. But then, he talked about the different languages that he speaks - one of which has 4 different "click" sounds that are integral to the language. He explained that the song / rhyme that he was about to sing for us is what a child in his village would sing as they ran down the street calling for others to come and play. The looks on the children's faces as he launched into a combination of clicking and singing - sounding for all the world like two (or more) people at once! As he finished, people commented, "that's not how we invite our friends to play here - too bad!"
By the end of the afternon, the children had all learned - and experienced - the idea that in African music, the most important thing is the rhythm; the next most important thing is the singing and when it is done well and with energy, it leads us all into dancing.
A tired and inspired group of Chelsea singers made their way home for dinner, and at least in the case of the singer in my family - singing all the way!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
We are super excited to be participating again in Together in Song this coming Sunday. This year we will have the opportunity to work with Scott Leithead and under his leadership, will join with three other youth choirs to perform.
Please join us for the concert - all are welcome!