by Carol Gilbert
MY first winter as a widow was the longest and loneliest of my life so far. I determined never to spend another winter like it and to find something to do on the long winter evenings.
I failed miserably at my first introduction to yoga, but, thankfully, a friend took me along to the Baltimore Singers, directed by Katy Salvidge.
While Elvis, the Beatles and Cliff Richards were topping the charts, my repertoire comprised the nursery rhymes and childhood songs I sang to my children and was later to sing to my grandchildren.
Other than ‘One, Two, Buckle my Shoe’, etc, I had never sung in my life and couldn’t ever remember the words of any popular song straight through, not that I was ever invited to sing in public.
Katy Salvidge and the Baltimore Singers were to change all that. Happily you don’t need to audition to join the Baltimore Singers and there is never any pressure. We have sung with the Hothouse Flowers, and even been invited back to sing with them the following year! I have learned the words of so many songs and have enjoyed the company and stimulation of a great bunch of people, all ages and from all walks in life.
Last year Katy hosted a one-day pop up choir day in Baltimore. Participants were from as far away as Dublin and Cork and some were obviously experienced choristers whilst others were complete novices who had come along for something different to do during their West Cork holiday.
What a great day we had! In a few short hours we had mastered Karl Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus’, as well as a number of popular songs. By 4.30 pm we were presenting the fruits of our day workshop to a very appreciative audience of locals, friends and family.
Katy Salvidge is hosting three pop-up choir days this summer, firstly in Heir Island on Sunday, July 9th; in Sherkin Island on Saturday July 22nd; and in Baltimore on Sunday, July 30th. You will enjoy a fun day and come away equipped to sing the songs of Carole King, Simon and Garfunkel and Frank Sinatra. Further information and booking to 086 325 6172.