Saturday was very moving. 30 students aged between 5 and 18 arrived at the hall, many of who had never met each other, never sung together. We had about an hour to take all their singular hard work and put them together into a choir, like pieces of a very musical puzzle: over 30 songs, tied into mash ups and medleys, solos, duets, and group songs, songs ranging from modern pop to Musical Theatre classics.
There was some hesitancy on faces as I ushered them into seats and we dove straight into the opening number, "The Cup Song." Singing in front of each other for the first time must have been terrifying but each student rose to the challenge: the teenagers inspiring with their harmonies, the five year olds impressing with their bravery.
By the time the hall was full of parents, family and friends, yes, there were nerves in the air yet, what was most palpable was the focus and determination; each young singer readying themselves to do their best.
They were all wonderful and it was an honour and a joy to see their hard work pay off.
AND at the end of the concerts, our generous audience had dug deep into their pockets and surpassed my expectations with £400 raised this year for MIND. I chose to collect for MIND, as my father passed away when I was 15 from mental health illness. MIND are doing wonderful things for mental health awareness, especially by encouraging more of us to talk about this disease.
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