Sharing our passion for singing

29 May 2012

One of Inspiration’s goals is to take our passion for singing into the community, and last weekend we showed just exactly why we do that. Read on to find out what happened at the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards and Disability Rocks.

Last Friday (May 25th) we were once again honoured to be part of the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards, in aid of Sue Ryder and Wheatfields Hospice, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. With the wonderful Liz Green hosting the impressive event, we sat in the packed hall, beautifully decked out with star cloths and elegant table settings, while the individual winners were announced. Then, before the announcement of the overall winner, we entertained the room with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, and our new, choir-only version of ‘You Raise Me Up’. The audience was clapping and cheering before we had finished the first number; I think they liked us. This is a very moving yearly event, and listening to the stories of these remarkable, largely unrecognised women brings a lump to one's throat.

Then, on Saturday (May 26th) we were the finale to the brand new Disability Rocks music festival in Ilkley. There was a wonderful atmosphere at Nell Bank Activity Centre, in the glorious (and essential) sunshine overlooking Ilkley Moor (altogether now…). Disabled children from all over the region were enjoying the sunshine, and the music from the two stages, as well as ice cream and pizzas. Inevitably the event was running late by the time the evening came, but we were all (140 of us) sitting on the grass enjoying the early evening sun and listening to the acts on stage before us. By the time we were on, there was still a good sized audience left, as the sun set and we sang ‘Anthem’, ‘You Raise Me Up’ and many more. But there was a very special moment to come. At the very end of our set, we were to sing ABBA’s ‘I Have a Dream’, which seemed appropriate for the event, and we were hopefully that the children would join in with us. As we started to sing though, we left the stage and went down into the audience to sing with them, mingling and holding hands with the children and the families/carers. The whole day was finished as the everyone joined hands and formed a huge circle – ‘I Have a Dream, a song to sing, to help me cope with anything’.

YWOA images courtesy of Production Light & Sound Ltd and Pat Byrne.

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