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“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity…to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.”

Any thoughts on what musician wrote that? Read on…

It’s true for choirs and equally true for any musical category or group, even a famous one: there are relatively few really great ones. For choirs—or orchestras, quartets, rock groups, drama companies, etc.—it’s just a fact of life that true greatness is a rare commodity!

Perhaps it’s more visibly true regarding choral groups, given that the majority of choir members are amateurs, though often very accomplished and certainly very dedicated ones. Choirs come together for the love of singing, to recreate those magical moments of humanity, teamwork and optimism.

Garrison Keillor speaks beautifully about the unique quality and feeling of people singing together—perhaps the first music made by humans—for both singers and audience. Years ago on Prairie Home Companion, Keillor and thousands of others sang very softly an old Baptist hymn. It was extraordinary and so very moving, and I’ve never heard anything like it.

And the quote at the start of this post? It comes from one of the great musicians of our time—Paul McCartney.

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Posted November 23, 2011 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

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