At least once a year I go to Poland and teach a choir of approximately 250 strong for a weekend. Two other choir tutors and I teach ten songs in English and perform in front of a live audience this is all done in under two days!
As they say, there’s nothing like a bit of pressure to bring people together. Well, this year the choir decided to turn the tables on us, setting the challenge for the tutors to sing the lead part of the song IN POLISH! I had three times to get right, and this is what we created. Bum notes aside (from me that is) I do believe it was a moment, it goes to show you never know until you try something new. Hope you enjoy!
This was an amazing event and truly unique experience! It was in February 2015 that I travelled over over to Siepraw, Poland where I was involved with a Gospel choir workshop teaching over 400 people! Working alongside Vocal Coach Brian Fentress USA, Music Director Howard Francis UK and Composer/arranger Szymon Markiewicz PL
Now this is a blast from the past (sent from an old choir student). It was in 1999 when we celebrated our tercentenary with a visit from the Queen. The gospel choirs were ready to display their talents for royalty but nothing was able to prepare us for what was about to happen next. It was in the middle of the year sevens performance when the unthinkable happen, and at the end of the song a large section of the stage collapsed right before the Her Majesty the Queen.I actually thought that Jeremy Beadle was playing a trick on me and for a split second I froze. Once realising it was reality and the Queen was staring me in my face. I ran over to see the children were okay, no cuts and bruises just shoes missing from the jolt of the stage. The children took it in their stride, it was only the adults that were concerned. Children seemed to shrug off falls, cuts and bruises far easier than grown-ups do and with all clear from the children we decided to carry on.Most people would see this event as a disaster, but this news travelled far and wide, even as far as New York and the West Indies. World-famous TV news stations broadcasted ‘The collapse and of fall of St Martin Gospel Choirs’, we saw things differently, we marked it as the rise of St Martin-in- the-Fields high school for girls Gospel Choirs. And because of this one event the choirs were made world-famous. The rest as they say is history!