Jan, website editor here.
John Ball, our committee chair, contacted me today to let me know that with regret, the committee have recommended to the choir members that Halesworth Festival Voices is wound up.
We'll all understand the reasons. We don't have so many members, and numbers are decreasing. We're getting to the point where we can't realistically put on performances, or effectively sing and enjoy the choral music we were brought together to perform, and so it is time to draw things to a close.
It is hoped that a new smaller group may be formed, if there are enough people interested - but this will be a new start, with a new group after a clean break.
So, if you're reading this, let's take a moment to reflect on good times and past glories. Take some time to look through all the concerts we've enjoyed over the last decade. My first was in October 2009 - a concert of Haydn. This was not only an enjoyable sing, but the welcome from the other singers was great - so I naturally had to stay and sing some more!
I had to step aside from the choir myself for work commitments in 2015, but have very many good memories - from Captain Noah, to gorgeous works by Puccini, Rossini, and never forgetting the glorious song and carol settings by our own Ian Humphris. Philip Simms succeeded Ian, and brought his own areas of interest to the music we performed.
So, let's not be sad - but celebrate, and be proud that we were all involved in something good, memorable and enjoyable.
To paraphrase from a certain popular show currently on TV, whatever you do in in the future,