Although we can still only "meet" via the internet, telephone or letter, Remember that Song activities continue to keep us connected with one another!

The Autumn session began for some of us right at the beginning of September with an unusual AGM, held via Zoom. It was lovely to see one another, and (unusually for most AGM meetings!), we concluded our meeting by singing Edelweiss.

The first virtual session on 8th September was in honour of Remember that Song’s fifth birthday. In advance of this occasion, all members had received a special RtS birthday card and a sing-along CD of songs from various decades. The theme of our first session was “Celebration and Friendship” and seven volunteers (Jim, Andrew, David, Ray, Jan, Maureen and Daphne) were involved in singing “Happy Birthday”: they each recorded themselves singing it at home and then the recordings were ‘mixed’ to make it sound like the RtS team choir!

Members continue to keep in touch with one another by telephone and "snail mail", as well as through our virtual sessions and it’s been great to have lots of input during September and October from various members of RtS … and their dogs. Maureen kindly does a video a Quiz for us on alternate weeks, with Daphne doing a warm-up video and Jan making videos of individual songs for us. When the theme of the week was “Animals”, Jan’s dog, Reuben, kindly introduced the song How much is that doggy in the window in a video demonstration of a wagging tail - a video which received a record number of hits.

It was lovely to see Barbara’s smiling face welcoming everyone to the session on “Autumn, Harvest and Food”, which also included a really lovely treat – a video of Jim, accompanied by Andrew, singing Autumn Leaves. For the warm-up section of this virtual Harvest Festival, Daphne had set up a table of harvest produce and was gaily practising the warm-up in a song involving a carrot, when her dog (chocolate Labrador, Winston) dived in and pinched the carrot.

Other themes have included “Story Time” and “School Days” – both topics led to lots of lovely suggestions from members, as well as photographs of impressive school reports and prizes. A special highlight of the session on “School Days” was provided by Welsh operatic baritone, Arwel Hugh Morgan, who made a video for us of Bing Crosby’s Swing on a Star… which fitted in with our “Schooldays” theme: And by the way, if you hate to go to school, you may grow up to be a mule... Arwel has sung principal roles with the English and Welsh National Opera Companies, performing in operas all over the world; roles have included Bartolo in Barber of Seville, Snug in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fabrizio in Thieving Magpie.

Forthcoming sessions in October will be about “Fashion” and “Songs that Cheer Us Up” and some very special activities are planned for Christmas, so watch this space!

 

 

 

    Barbara says "Hello" to everyone

 

 

       One of Jan's songs on the theme of "Animals"

 

    Guest appearance by Arwel Hugh Morgan

 

 

 

   Daphne's Dog Steals the Carrot in the Harvest session

 

 

   Jim and Andrew perform "Autumn Leaves"

 

 

 

   One of Maureen's Quizzes