Ahhh, its good to be back! Sunday was my first rehearsal since the birth of my daughter. Elin came along to the start of practice to meet the Bois, and they serenaded her with a rendition of Suo Gan. I was on the edge of my seat praying she wouldn't burst out screaming- and I'm happy to report that she managed to hold off until the end of the song- phew...
So clearly I think that a lullaby is an essential addition to any male voice repertoire. But what other bases do we have to cover? Bois Goetre-hen have established a reputation for incorporating modern and classic rock songs into our concert programmes- these are distinctive and different. However, I think that our distinguishing feature is that we cover the more traditional male voice repertoire as well. With a membership ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, our musical material also covers an eclectic range.
So what does a male voice choir need? A few classic Welsh hymns, some love songs for weddings, several barn storming closing numbers, a smattering of songs from musicals, classical, religious, some Welsh, some English, a Cornish folk song, an Italian opera aria... And of course a lullaby for when the accompanist's daughter comes to visit. Fair does Bois, that's a lot to keep on top of!
For the latest song they're learning, the Bois are rolling out the sequins and tassled dresses and channelling Tina Turner with Proud Mary. Imagine if you will the Bass and Baritone sections shimmying down the aisle whilst the Tenors perform a dance routine during the 'Pearl and Dean' middle eight. I'll leave you on that image and one final message- tickets to our annual concert will be on sale soon. Definitely worth a look!