On my 'taster' session, I was amazed at how well everyone got along. At the show there had been many a mention of being 'One big family' but I didn't really expect it to be so literal and true. Everyone talked to everyone, and lots of people said "Hello" and chatted to me. Also the way Laila was accepted was truly heartwarming, people took it on board when I asked them not to stroke her and they respected how good she was being with the loud music and just lying down while I sung, jived and gestured along to the music. I have to admit I was surprised when I found myself signing up to become a real member at the end of the session- I had really thought I would hate it! I was handed an anorak and a t-shirt and I was in the choir.
All for One was having an event the following saturday at Hull KC Stadium, where they would be performing to the crowds pre-match and at half time. Having been exposed to the practice CD in my Mum's car for the last year, on constant repeat, I knew most of the words and the Tenor part. Yes, I'm an alto, but the adaption wouldn't be that hard to make... right? I was amazed that they trusted me to come and perform with them after only one real rehearsal, but I listened to the Alto CD to undo all the Tenor-ness of "Mary's Boy Child", practiced the moves, and I felt sort of ready.
That morning, my Mum, Laila, and I drove to the stadium- and I had won the battle of "Tenner or Alto Practice CD" so we were also rather comically singing at the top of our voices as we went. There were sound checks, greetings and chats with other members, and then we started singing at the doors while people arrived. I was really starting to get into the swing of things by the time we made it to the pitch. After a slight debate, Laila was able to become possibly the first dog ever to put paws on Hull City Pitch, and we were Sunshine, Moonlight, Boogying like pros. Everyone in the choir were so helpful in supporting me around the seating stands, it was quite overwhelming actually! We settled down for the game and by half time Hull were winning, and we were ready for another sing. It occurred to me that what the choir promotes is true, singing really does make you feel better. Despite all the pain from my head and eyes- I felt good. We sang in front of 17,000 people, I mean who gets to do that?!
It's crazy, out of my comfort zone, but I'm loving it. Thanks All for One.