Wikipedia defines an afterglow in the following way: 'An afterglow is a broad high arch of whitish or rosy light appearing in the sky
due to very fine particles of dust suspended in the high regions of the atmosphere.' thefreedictionary.com adds two additional definitions: 'the comfortable feeling following a pleasant experience' ahem, well yes, that's one way of putting it, and; 'a lingering impression of past glory or success'.
The Afterglow for a male voice choir is something altogether different, although it is often driven by the (recent) past glory of a successful concert and the pleasant experience of a positive audience reaction. And alcohol. It is the post-concert celebratory singing/ drinking/ singing. Sometimes an afterglow can even eclipse the concert, or at least the alcohol can lead to that delusional belief.
So what makes a great afterglow? The aforementioned high spirits and free flowing beer are essential. It shouldn't be too introspective. Interaction with the locals always enhances a sing song. A welcoming venue- more on this later...
An instrument (piano/ guitar/ ukulele)? Not vital but helpful at least to avoid really appalling pitching of songs (getting halfway through a song just to discover nobody can reach the high notes is standard...) Food? Nah, a pint of Guinness is the equivalent of a roast dinner anyway!
Its not big and its not clever, but it is a fact that Bois Goetre-hen have almost been thrown out of a couple of hotels for singing. A bit short sighted, considering how much we would spend at the bar! So the venue is key.
Its almost worth arranging our trips around potential afterglow venues to avoid disappointment (I'll be suggesting this at a future committee meeting!)
In any case, if you have the opportunity to join us after a concert for drinks and songs, do take it. You'll get to know the Bois better and can join in with some great (or at least enthusiastic) singing! And if you know of- or are- a great Afterglow venue, please get in touch!!