Coffee-Morning-Evening Zoom!

On Monday last, many Staveley Choral members met using Zoom for coffee morning event….. minus the coffee, the morning, Village Hall, the stalls and anyone in person…. however, what a lovely chatty, cheerful gathering we had – with entertainment played, sung and read, plus great banter! Below is how it played out.
7pm – Welcome! Once we were all gathered and helloed in that cheery cacophony of a big Zoom, Charles White set the tone with a ditty of love found and lost.
The starter 🙂 ‘The Ostrich’ – a tale for our times, presented, live for your delectation, by the FAST Duo – that’s the Flanders and Swann Tribute Duo alias John Hiley and David Telford-Reed. Can you get that plonk-ti-plonk, plonk-ti-plonk out of your head? As long as your head is not in the Mar-a-Lago sands……oh you don’t want that!

Main Course: Recitations and readings:
The recipes you can’t do without from the Townend Brownes’ The Common Book – by expert Elaine W
A topical extract from Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journal – Marian Carey will bring us the outdoors.
Boat Stealing – from The Prelude by the other Wordsworth: a how-to by Christine W?!
English Pastoral – by James Rebanks: Dick will transport us.
AAADD – Know the Symptoms … Bernard will enlighten us!


Pudding: The FAST Duo again …. with a Gnu in tow. Two heads are better than one… there was the Ostrich, now the sad elevated refrain of this head…’I’m a Gnu, I’m a Gnu!’

Nuts and Crackers 😉 Chat rooms: The five rooms of which you will visit three, are:
Room 1. ‘The Good Reads Book Club’: What have you read recently that you could recommend to others? Not a reader? You can leave the room and rejoin general chat in the main ‘room’… Kindle or print print? Escapist or hard facts?
Room 2: ‘Music Inspires’ – a piece of music or a person …. what is keeping you going at this time? Or anytime? What do you most fancy singing once we resume singing together?
Room 3: ‘The Cake Stall’… cookery in general: seasonal favourites? Best comfort food? Best restore-to-health food?.. best family fun? …best back of the cupboard throw togethers? or what do you most crave once you can share with family and friends again?
Room 4: ‘Lockdown Sanity Savers’ what has worked for you?…anything?! … gardening, Netflix, crosswords, wild walks or swims, bird watching from your window, writing that novel…dot dot dot … do share!
Room 5: ‘Spring Forwards’ – what are you most looking forward to as the days lengthen, irrespective of lockdown? Sunshine?… or just less rain? Spring flowers? Birdsong? New potatoes?! …
With thanks to Viv and Hugh throughout for directing the Zoom and popping in and out of rooms to check that all was well and that everyone knew where they were and what was what.
Pass the Port:
Charles read us the wonderful poem ‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie Magee


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew –
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


Any notices?…. it would be lovely to make a gallery of images on the website, made by SCS members – favourite photographs, paintings, things you have made over the last year etc etc – … so over to you! Send them to me at my own email, or the SCS gmail, and I’ll do the rest.
Hugh then wrapped up the evening with a brief account of a Zoom recording he has been been part of during Lockdown, of the magnificent – and challenging – ‘Spem in Alium’ by Thomas Tallis. I think Laurence Cummings was the mastermind behind it, … was it also he, or some other god, who did toiled over the techy stuff to to bring all forty individual parts to corporate life. It is an absolute tour de force, and the link to its YouTube incarnation is below. Look, listen and marvel at the musical glories and also the creative and illuminating presentation.
Looking forward to the next gathering –your ideas on a postcard please! Meanwhile, explore the website – and join in the banter on the WhatsApp page, (you should see the irreverent set of onion jokes) send emails – whatever!
See you soon,
Yours,
Wendy
Spem in Alium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg2KyxQqsLs  


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