14-year-old Tyenne Cuffy is part of RLSB’s Choir and has been rehearsing hard for the choir’s debut at RLSB’s Christmas concert on 01 December 2016. Tyenne blogs about the choir’s penultimate rehearsal, and shines a light on the hard work the blind young singers are putting into their performance.
“At the beginning of the day we came together around the table and discussed our plans for the concert, going over the order of performances and getting excited about solos and guests coming to perform. We went over our Christmas Time song lyrics which we have written especially for the concert, and reminded each other of the lines we all wrote together and the points in the song where people should sing.
Strengthening our voices
Pretty soon we went to warm up and Justin (who is accompanying us on keyboard) chimed in to offer some straight-to-the-point advice about commitment and practice, as well as encouraging us to enjoy ourselves.
Then the practice really began.
Everyone was energetic since we knew this was our final rehearsal at the RLSB office. Swiftly, we went through our performances as soloists and as a choir, refining the high notes along with Victoria, our Choir Master, giving the group tips and advice on how to strengthen our voices.
‘We all felt proud’
The group are excited about our line up; we will be performing three songs as a group. Empire State of Mind, While Shepherds watch their flocks and our own ‘Xmas Time’ song. There will be two solo performances from group members too. We left the building feeling upbeat and cheerful and looking forward to our dress rehearsal in the church next week. We all felt proud, eager and had a sense of achievement. Today was a huge success.”
Update: In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in this blog.
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