• Shona Brown

And we're off...welcome back to SoundRoutes!

Hello and welcome to our new blog! As Catherine has said, we hope that this will be a place where we can share information and ideas about SoundRoutes and wider topics including singing and community music in general.

The time has come that we’ve been dreaming about for the last eighteen months - we are singing together again! After spending so long in a dream-like sense of unreality, I have to pinch myself as a reminder that it is really happening. A part of me is reluctant to believe it... just incase another lockdown is imposed, but as the days go on, it feels more and more real and I’m excited!

If you had told me two years ago that we would have been running choir sessions online I wouldn’t have believed you. But we did, and they were fun. Of course, they weren’t the same but they were a warm source of comfort and positivity for me and I hope that was the same for those who participated. I’m so grateful for your support. I’m also heartened by your financial contributions. We don’t like talking about money, but this situation has threatened the livelihoods of many including those who work in the arts and it has been a struggle. Your support and help has warmed my heart.

This has been a difficult time for so many in so many different ways. Now it feels like waking up after a hibernation. Being back together again has been daunting for some of us. I know it has been for Emilie and I - such a long break makes us hope that our skills haven’t become rusty.

But I know that, now we have come together again, it feels AMAZING. And I know that I appreciate the opportunity to sing with you all in a whole new way.

Happy singing everyone!

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