Our Annual General Meeting was held last Wednesday. But this year, of course, it was a little bit different as it was held via Zoom. Something we have all got very used to over the past 10 months! It is a challenge to run a singing group (or any type of musical group), through lockdowns and social distancing, but we are proud to still be here, meeting weekly on Zoom, thanks to our MD Debi. And we are patiently waiting for the opportunity when it is safe for us to meet once again in person. It was a positive, and at times, emotional meeting, reflecting on the difficulties we have faced over the past year. But it also showed just how strong we are, not only as a chorus, but as a group of friends, and how we have even managed to progress with many of our plans despite all of the restrictions. The meeting ended on a happy note, with the presentation of our 2 chorus awards – the Side by Side Award and the MD’s Award.
The Side by Side Award
This is presented to a chorus member who has put a lot of effort into serving the Club over the past year, perhaps someone who has worked hard in the background to help make things happen and who does not get much recognition, or someone perhaps in the forefront who has gone truly above and beyond what you would expect of them for the good of the Club.
The recipient of the Side by Side Award for 2021 was Sue Madden, for all her work in getting the new Chorus website up and running. Sue was presented her award by last year’s winner, Ruth Howe.
The MD Award
This is presented to a chorus member who has put that bit extra into the performing/singing side of the chorus. It could be someone who has made a noticeable personal improvement or effort during the past year in relation to learning and putting into practice musical or performance skills, or someone who has gone above and beyond their chorus role to help others for example.
The recipient of the MD Award for 2021 was Marie-Claire Church, for all she has done in helping to source, produce and distribute new chorus costume in line with our new logo and re-branding. Marie-Claire was presented her award by last year’s winner, Roisin Tomlin.