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A Capella Singers musical director Christine McLeod is delighted the choir will resume practice in June after numerous breaks due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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A long-serving Southland choir is delighted to finally resume rehearsals for the first time in nearly a year following the disruption caused by Covid-19.
A Capella Singers musical director Christine McLeod said, “Everyone just wants to get back to singing, it’s something we love and miss.”
The 47-year-old choir hasn’t played a concert in almost a year, and traditionally it usually had three or four concerts scheduled.
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“We had planned one for Easter which in the end did not take place because of [Covid] restriction. »
McLeod contacted the 27-member choir to gauge interest in resuming rehearsals at First Church in Invercargill in June.
“Everyone is excited, unless they are immunocompromised and that’s fine, they’ll sit around until they’re ready.
“We just want to get back to it… we’re probably going to be a little rusty, but we’re going to get back to it.
Singing at rehearsals with face masks was difficult for a few, and McLeod found it challenging in his role as bandleader.
“You try to talk and show things to people [as conductor]and it’s really difficult when half your face is covered,” she said.
Social distancing would be observed at practices when they resumed and wearing face coverings was optional, McLeod added.
One of the A Capella Singers’ goals is to be one of seven choirs to perform at a concert in Invercargill in September.
The return of Monday night rehearsals was eagerly awaited by choir members, McLeod said.
“We share the passion of singing together in harmony, developing beautiful friendships. We enjoy the social aspect as much as the singing.