An Air Of Excitment

10 November 2010

The best of our black and scarlet winter items are already being spruced up for a busy season of concerts that will take Inspiration through to Christmas with a song permanently in its heart and on its lips.

The most difficult work is behind us, and now comes the fabulous final straight, involving singing everything off the book and polishing, polishing, polishing until we can see our faces in those songs! There’s an air of excitement about rehearsals as we build up to the Big Ones, but it’s so great that we have also been invited to sing our Christmas programme at a variety of fundraising events in the community.

Inspiration Leeds will start the season with a sparkle, a boom, a sleigh-bell or three and many a heart-tugging note, when the choir takes to the stage at a sold-out Leeds Town Hall on November 27. Rejoice! will be accompanied, as ever, by the fabulous Orchestra of Opera North.

On December 4 Inspiration will sing to patients and staff at Bexley Wing, aka the Yorkshire Regional Cancer Centre at James’s Hospital in Leeds. The atrium, with its great acoustic and grand piano bought with the help of £2,500 raised by Inspiration, will be welcoming our music for the third time, and it will, we’re sure, be an uplifting occasion for all.

December 5 will see the choir performing a candlelight concert at St Edward's Church in Clifford near Wetherby for its organ restoration fund, and Queen Ethelberga’s School in North Yorkshire will host us on December 12, when we’ll be helping the fundraising for the renovation of Little Ouseburn Church nearby. The following day sees the choir entertaining the crowd at Holy Trinity Parish Church in Bradford, in aid of the charity Helping Hands.

Inspiration’s music will flood the majestic Newcastle Cathedral on December 16 in a concert for the vital work of Macmillan Nurses, and Inspiration Newcastle will stir up the crowds in spectacular fashion with its two packed-out Rejoice! performances with the wonderful Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead on December 19.

Phew! It's great to spread our song and good cheer, send people home happy – and know we'll definitely have earned our figgy pudding. where did we put that polish?!

Inspiration singers in rehearsal