Group 'a-choirs' experience overseas
Nov 22, 2005
By Jeff HaywardStaff Writer
reprinted with permission - Uxbridge Times Journal
UXBRIDGE - Instead of inviting an overseas singing group to perform in Uxbridge as it did last year, a local choir decided to go overseas to see them again.
The Monday Morning Singers of Goodwood recently returned from a trip to Pau, in southwest France, to perform and meet up with the Rozsam choir. Lynda Baird, who sings soprano with the Goodwood group, said about 19 Monday Morning choir members and 39 people altogether embarked on the journey, which took the choir to some historic cathedrals in Pau.
"We spent five days (with the French choir) and performed four concerts," explained Ms. Baird, who is also an artist. "We were in a 16th-century cathedral (for some)."
She said her singing group, which is made up entirely of women ranging in age from "early 40s to mid 80s", performed on their own and with the French choir, also putting on a show for the mayor of Pau.
"We chose a repertoire of French-Canadian songs," she explained. "We also had some original songs."
She noted that the Goodwood choir director, Anne Mizen Baker, is also a composer, and the group unveiled some new work while overseas.
Ms. Baird explained that the group, which has been together for six years, is looking to visit other international spots in the future at which to perform, and has its eyes on Wales for its next destination. She also noted the group funded the France trip from its own pockets.
As for a CD featuring the recent performance being produced, Ms. Baird joked, "I don't know how well they (performances) were recorded."