Fascinating Rhythm Reflects on the Successes of 2021
Fascinating Rhythm members gathered online on Thursday 20 January 2021 for their AGM and awards night celebration.
Fascinating Rhythm’s Chair, Iris, opened the meeting by reflecting on the highs and lows of rehearsals over the previous year – from the technical challenges of Zoom to the unexpected distractions of rehearsing outside and the long-awaited return to Fascinating Rhythm’s ‘home’ at the Greenfield Centre in Winterbourne.
Musical Director, Jo, titled her report of the year “making the most of it”. She reflected throughout her report that, despite the many challenges of 2021, as a chorus Fascinating Rhythm has not only survived but thrived during very difficult times – a true mark of the choir’s bond and culture.
Jo went on to congratulate Fascinating Rhythm’s two newest members, Lily and Hazel, on passing all elements of the assessment process and becoming fully-fledged members of the chorus.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have become a full member of FR. I’ve already learned so much, particularly in the workshop, and I am looking forward to continuing to develop as a singer, and being a part of the FR sound!”
Jo also welcomed Ella, who is in the process of joining the choir having previously sung with Junior FR.
In keeping with tradition, a number of awards were made in recognition of the hard work put in by members of the choir throughout the year:
- Kate B received the Chair’s Award for having undertaken a coronavirus risk assessment and developing a covid-19 policy to support a safe return to in-person rehearsals
- Anne-marie and Emma received the Director’s Award for their sterling effort in getting signed off on a huge number of songs from Fascinating Rhythm’s repertoire and their overall general attitude to our ‘work hard, play hard’ ethos
- Iris received the Members’ Award for stewarding the choir through the challenges of a second pandemic year
All members of the committee were re-elected and Fascinating Rhythm members voted for their charity of the year for 2022 to be Ups and Downs Southwest.
Looking forward to 2022, Iris said
“I’m excited about the year ahead. Now that we have taken the decision as a chorus to start rehearsing without masks we are taking another step back to normality. We are all looking forward to a year of less Zoom and more ‘in the room’, working on our craft and being able to have sing-outs again.”
How To Join Fascinating Rhythm
Fascinating Rhythm is always on the lookout for new members, so if you are interested in taking up a new hobby and joining a choir in 2022, please get in touch with our Membership Secretary via our website.