Concert day – Woo Hoos on your Do Dos

4 Dec

Hi everyone

Hooray we did it! We enjoyed ourselves, we Do Do’d where you should do, we danced and we sang in two marvellous concerts (more of which later).  Not only that, but I think I may have broken the world record for the fastest time to eat three mince pies. Great that by a lucky coincidence it was an official day when Weight Watchers points don’t count; the next is the 18th December 🙂

We got settled into our allocated rooms and there soon appeared around every table a lovely array of goodies, cakes and treats. It was as if Marks & Spencer, in both Newcastle and the Metrocentre, had decamped and moved to the Sage. Everywhere christmas fayre today and all of the night.

I always love the dress rehearsal and hearing the orchestra for the first time. Fabulous, but I have to remember that I’m supposed to take part as well. I’m not sure about you, but I become hypnotised by the orchestra and sit there pondering important things like ‘when will the percussionist next hit the triangle?’, ‘how do you take a harp home to practice?’ and ‘when is Gary first going to cry?’

Gary's first Nativity performance as a shepherd was very emotional

We got a chance to practice our step-touch moves, Perky Do Dos, and also played where to hide a candle. Our presenter Charlie gave snippets of her speeches and watched us sing, often swaying and foot-tapping in time with the music. The dress rehearsal was over quickly with no major problems, so there was time to relax and get ready for the performances. Plenty of time to eat more mince pies between performances, but unfortunately not between songs.

The only scary change was the timing of the ‘BONK’ in ‘Hallelujah to the King.’ As none of us wanted a badly timed bonk we practiced a few times to get it right and Gary even popped in later for a pre-performance bonk 😉 “oohh young man.”

Preparation for the performances started in earnest.

  • Change knickers underwear – CHECK
  • Eat more cake – CHECK
  • Drink medicinal Port – CHECK
  • Go to the loo five times just in case – CHECK
  • Don black and red gear – CHECK
  • Apply lippy (some of the women did this as well) – CHECK ………. READY.

Both performances were AWESOME and each got a standing ovation – two in one day wooo hooo. I enjoyed the contrasts of mood, from the reverent quiet in ‘Away in a Manger’ to the loin-girding bum-clenching ‘Hallelujah to the King’, to the sob-fest of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and the well-lit double sob-fest of  ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth.’

I worried about my candle and thought it would get on my wick. It was the vision of accidently throwing it across the stage and it bouncing off the harp. It didn’t happen though [phew]. My hand wobbled a bit, the harpist looked worried, but I switched it on in time and it worked [phew again]. The effect of all the candles was a great success [gulp].  Although wasn’t it difficult to sing in the Statue of Liberty position?

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Gary was definitely the maestro and we followed his every instruction. I feel a bit sad now that it’s all over. So bye bye Perky Do Do, Olive the other reindeer and Olav the more impressive other reindeer. Keep girding your loins (in private now please) and if you see a candle think of the peace radiating from it.

Don’t forget there are two ‘slimmed down’ concerts planned at St. James’ Darlington on the 9th December, and St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle on 13th December. When I say slimmed down that’s because there’s fewer songs and fewer calories than in our Sage concerts. So your Do Dos and loins may get a few more outings this year.

Look forward to seeing and singing with you all next term.

Best of luck Leeds for your concert and get breaking some legs xx

Gary the maestro parting the sea of red and black


2 Responses to “Concert day – Woo Hoos on your Do Dos”

  1. Sue Straker December 5, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I officially asked Gary if he could retain Lorraine as the Inspiration Wordsmith. Theses blogs have been priceless and give you just a snippet of the fun we have when she is next to us in the Alto 2 section …. that’s where it all happens folks.

  2. singingalto2 December 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Ah thanks Sue 😉

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