"Oswestry choir hops border to rehearse under Welsh lockdown laws"

We continue to push up to the limits of what is allowed us during the pandemic, and we hopped over the border into Wales on Tuesday evening (4th June) for our first rehearsal together since last Summer.

Well, not all together. Due to the restriction to 15, we divided the choir in half for two separate 40 minute rehearsals.

We were able to sing indoors, which was a great advantage. It was fabulous to be back singing together, and looking forward to being able to continue rehearsing in person each week as we practice for our first public singing of this year in June.

Click the photo for the full article in the Shropshire Star.

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We were delighted to see one of our outdoor Summer rehearsals featured on the front of High Notes, Making Music's fabulous magazine.

It took a great deal of organisation to make it possible, but it was well worth the efforts of members of our committee. It was such a pleasure to be singing together under Martin Bussey's direction.

The Music Plays On

With all the problems and issues that the current pandemic throws at everyone, Cantiones continues to do what we can together. Those of us who managed to meet outdoors to sing last year benefitted so much from what has become a rare joy for all choirs.

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We thoroughly enjoyed singing carols in Cae Glas Park in Oswestry on 12th December, with the co-operation and support of Oswestry Town Council. Passing shoppers were delighted to hear the Christmas music sung 'live', even though we were inevitably very rusty from a lack of being able to rehearse together in person. It didn't really matter, as simply singing as a group was a joy.

Lots of beaming faces amongst by-standers and people walking past, as we helped to raise people's spirits.

Back to Singing! - Summer 2020

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The sun shone brightly as more than half the members of Oswestry's Cantiones met on Sunday (30th Sept) afternoon to sing together once again.  It was a wonderfully uplifting experience after nearly six months of silence during the pandemic’s worst months.  Musical Director, Martin Bussey led the 90 minute rehearsal at a very safe distance and commented that the choir made a pretty decent sound! Of course the choir has been fortunate that Martin has provided weekly rehearsal videos to practice at home for which we were all very grateful but there is nothing better than singing as a group.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed raising their voices on such a sunny day and looks forward to meeting again later this month.

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