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Sing when you’re winning…Wembley!

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So, I sang at Wembley Stadium a couple of weekends ago for the rugby Challenge Cup Final. It’s weird because when I found out we would be doing the gig a few months back I was like, sure, singing at Wembley, whatever, it’s not that big of a deal. No biggie, except…oh my freaking word, I SANG AT WEMBLEY STADIUM!!!! WHAAAAAT!!!! That was pretty much my level of elation as we queued up at 9am to get our passes and go through security checks with about 200 members of my amazing non-audition community choir, London City Voices.

I was so nervous I could feel my rushed breakfast sitting heavily in my belly, but I knew I was with friends who were as equally excited and anxious as I was so the panic somehow subsided as we walked into the venue and settled into the press conference room. Then we had to wait around for a little while before walking on to the pitch for our sound check with the brilliant competition winner, Kathleen Greene, who got to sing the soloist bit for Abide With Me. Okay, so it was actually just the AstroTurf as Continue reading


Do-Re-Mi = Knackered Kenechi

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So…I’ve been singing a lot. And I mean a lot, a lot. A minimum of three days a week, if you count practise and actual performances. Okay when I put it that way it sounds like I actually do nothing other than sing all day. It only comes to about six hours in total each week, but that doesn’t include commuting time, socialising time (yes, there is the occasional pub singing session after rehearsals), and I still work a full day’s job (all those new beautiful buildings won’t draw themselves). It’s all choral stuff, which takes the pressure off a little bit, but when I made the commitment to join a community choir last year, I had no idea it would be so time consuming.

I’d been singing with my church choir for years (which was pretty much a turn up, pick up hymn book and sign along affair) and thought it’d be fun to sign on to something less hymnal. Only criteria was it had to be a non-audition choir, preferably for people who can’t read music (seeing as I can’t), so when I stumbled upon the London City Voices choir online last summer, I reckoned I should give them a try. Despite my nerves and lack of musical expertise, the first practise I arrived at blew me away. With no need to read the musical notations on the pages we were handed (save for the words, of course), the very enthusiastic musical director ran through some of my favourite songs – a mashup of Toto’s Africa and Rosanna and then a rock medley which included Smells Like Teen Spirit and Alone – and I was hooked! Nine months later, I’ve hardly missed a session.

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Thing is, although I’m loving it all and having the time of my life (other than a bunch of charity events, we sang on stage with Damien Rice last November at the London Palladium – need I say more?), I have to admit it’s been eating into my writing time. Did I mention the church choir also hired an equally enthusiastic musical director so it’s no longer a turn up and sing set up. I’ve even (reluctantly) been roped into doing some solos! Seriously! Anyway all this means I sooooo don’t feel like switching on a PC at night after a long day at work, plus nearly two/three hours of singing and socialising. So my writing has been cut back to a few hours a week. Bummer for the world, I know, heehee.  But for the second half of 2015, I’m hoping to be a bit more disciplined and work out a balance to get the pen (ehem, keyboard) flowing again. It’ll definitely help that most of my TV shows take a break over the summer. I won’t mention how many hours of my life are wasted wondering if the zombies will get Rick or when the dragons will wise up and eat Daenerys. Wish me luck!