Memories

The members of the Lawnswood Singers have many memories - happy, sad and slightly mad - from their time in the choir. Here they share some of them with you... The Old Piano "... we arrived for a concert and the lady said to me, 'You are not going to play that piano, are you?' I said that I had hoped to, but then she replied that the man who had played it died two years ago and no-one had played it since! After struggling through the concert, I was asked if the piano needed tuning. I said it needed a large hole and four men to dispose of it and then a generous benefactor to replace it." Problem Solving... “One booking was at a beautiful old church on a very clear night. Two weeks before the event we learned that there would be no toilet or piano at the church. Brenda took, with great difficulty, her keyboard, so one problem was solved. The ladies of the choir had access to homes in the village with toilets, but at the interval my husband said to me, 'Where is the lady who has the toilet?' whereupon her husband said 'Well, actually, I usually go round the back, so come with me!'” Unfamiliar Territory "...We had been asked if we would be guest singers with the Leeds Police Band at St. Aidans... We had finished our group of songs and the band were finishing with Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" and they asked us to join in the "Land of Hope and Glory". All was going well when, horror of horrors, we realised the key was about two octaves lower than we were used to! One or two of us started to giggle as we got lower and lower. Agnes went a pale shade of red and by the end of the song we were nearly hysterical!" Only once... "In August 1979 the choir was asked to take part in a Yorkshire TV Sunday morning programme called 'Morning Prayer'. We were all very excited and YTV provided new outfits - blue pinafore dresses and yellow blouses with large bows at the neck - room for two in each and never worn again! ... A video was made ... but I don't think it is a good idea to see yourself on video - especially 18 years afterwards!" No time for vanity! "The Lawnswood Singers had been asked to give a concert at St. Chad's for Christmas 1978. It was a bitterly cold evening and we had all gathered outside so that we could process down the centre aisle to 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'. ...out came the tuning fork and off we went. Halfway down the aisle I came to a grinding halt - my stiletto heel had gone into a wrought iron grid and would not come out! The choir behind me nearly went head over heels and eventually I had to step out of my shoe, pull it out of the grid - minus its heel, then to process very quickly to catch up with the rest of the choir!" The Show Must Go On "We had our first invitation to sing in the Civic Hall and for this concert special staging had been erected for us, so we were standing in tiers. We had to step up onto each level and Elaine, a former member of the choir, was on the third level - or she should have been. Suddenly she disappeared - she had slipped between the two levels and we all had to carry on singing as though nothing had happened. She was quite badly bruised, but as the saying goes 'The show must go on'!"
The Lawnswood Singers
© 2017 The Lawnswood Singers
Memories

Memories

The members of the Lawnswood Singers have many memories - happy, sad and slightly mad - from their time in the choir. Here they share some of them with you... The Old Piano "... we arrived for a concert and the lady said to me, 'You are not going to play that piano, are you?' I said that I had hoped to, but then she replied that the man who had played it died two years ago and no-one had played it since! After struggling through the concert, I was asked if the piano needed tuning. I said it needed a large hole and four men to dispose of it and then a generous benefactor to replace it." Problem Solving... “One booking was at a beautiful old church on a very clear night. Two weeks before the event we learned that there would be no toilet or piano at the church. Brenda took, with great difficulty, her keyboard, so one problem was solved. The ladies of the choir had access to homes in the village with toilets, but at the interval my husband said to me, 'Where is the lady who has the toilet?' whereupon her husband said 'Well, actually, I usually go round the back, so come with me!'” Unfamiliar Territory "...We had been asked if we would be guest singers with the Leeds Police Band at St. Aidans... We had finished our group of songs and the band were finishing with Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" and they asked us to join in the "Land of Hope and Glory". All was going well when, horror of horrors, we realised the key was about two octaves lower than we were used to! One or two of us started to giggle as we got lower and lower. Agnes went a pale shade of red and by the end of the song we were nearly hysterical!" Only once... "In August 1979 the choir was asked to take part in a Yorkshire TV Sunday morning programme called 'Morning Prayer'. We were all very excited and YTV provided new outfits - blue pinafore dresses and yellow blouses with large bows at the neck - room for two in each and never worn again! ... A video was made ... but I don't think it is a good idea to see yourself on video - especially 18 years afterwards!" No time for vanity! "The Lawnswood Singers had been asked to give a concert at St. Chad's for Christmas 1978. It was a bitterly cold evening and we had all gathered outside so that we could process down the centre aisle to 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'. ...out came the tuning fork and off we went. Halfway down the aisle I came to a grinding halt - my stiletto heel had gone into a wrought iron grid and would not come out! The choir behind me nearly went head over heels and eventually I had to step out of my shoe, pull it out of the grid - minus its heel, then to process very quickly to catch up with the rest of the choir!" The Show Must Go On "We had our first invitation to sing in the Civic Hall and for this concert special staging had been erected for us, so we were standing in tiers. We had to step up onto each level and Elaine, a former member of the choir, was on the third level - or she should have been. Suddenly she disappeared - she had slipped between the two levels and we all had to carry on singing as though nothing had happened. She was quite badly bruised, but as the saying goes 'The show must go on'!"
The Lawnswood Singers
© 2017 The Lawnswood Singers
Memories