Magic Choral Trick #12 Remembering to revel in the moment

Last night as I was directing Big Choir (the 100 voice Tracy Friars Celebration concert choir) I suddenly remembered to revel.

We were in the build up to the last big ‘Christ is the Lord’ in O Holy Night when I suddenly realized how much I love doing what I do – and how much I love the huge, inspirational, soul nourishing conversations that happen when choir of 100 is singing its heart out right through me to a packed house. Not sure there’s any way to express this incredibly moving experience.

For some reason unknown to my conscious mind I just stopped directing and stood there grinning like an idiot, which for some crazy reason – maybe because the choir suddenly took complete ownership of the song – ratcheted up the energy in the room to a place it had never been before. I began directing again in time for ‘Christ is the Lord’ but by this point the choir was doing all the work and I was remembering to stay in revel mode.

Hard to imagine a job that’s more fun than what I do!

About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on November 29, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. As part of that choir, it was an awesome moment. Goosebumps all over, tears flowing, WOW
    Thank you Janet for directing that choir, and bringing us to those special moments. You are amazing!!!!

  2. Watching the face of you our most FABULOUS director through this revelling moment was something to behold with no words to describe other than to say the “Holy Spirit” shining through you my friend…..

    You are one of God’s finest creations…!

  3. Janet, I had a blast singing & keeping other choristers in tune! To see you suddenly stop directing had me a tad concerned b/c I thought we weren’t giving you what you wanted.

    I concur with Tracy’s comment – you have a special gift for getting the best out of your choristers and your ability to laugh at yourself makes us fee as if you’re “one of us – humans! 🙂

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