Once again, the Nás na Rí Singers were delighted to participate in Kildare County Council's Culture Night programme. This is the second year that we have invited members of the public to join us in an open rehearsal and it proved to be just as popular second time round!
As we were about to begin, the back doors of St David's Church burst open and in flocked a motley crew, in disguise and waving placards. Led by the irrepressible Mae Leonard, the "Troubadors" treated us to a story, a poem and a rhyme before disappearing into the warm summer evening.
After a thorough warm up, about 50 members of the public joined with the choir in learning a brand new piece of choral music in four parts, the mystical ":May it be" from the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings, and I think I can safely say, it was the first time in 800 years that a song in the Elvish language rocked the rafters of St David's church.
While everyone else chatted and had too many biscuits, a group of nervous souls gathered at the vestry door to audition, some of whom were experienced singers, others of whom had never sung but were inspired to audition by the open rehearsal. The standard of audition was excellent and although we couldn't accommodate every single voice in the choir this year, we are happy to extend a warm welcome to our new members: Lisa, David, Stephen, Tony, John, Hillary and Gina.