Lydia Merrill, Alto
I became a founding member of the Singers almost by accident. My son had joined the St Mary's Cathedral Choir when he was nine, so when David Russell, the then director of music was forming a mixed voice choir and invited any interested choir parents to the first rehearsal. I decided I would like to be part of it.
I had not sung since school and I don't read music and, I still don't know what a B Flat looks like and I wouldn't recognise a C Major chord, but I wanted to give it a go.
Avril and Jane were there and I remember sitting next to Esme (who also had a long association with the Singers) and just watching the notes. Esme helped me a great deal and each week my confidence grew.
I love singing choral music but have no desire to be a "soloist". During the years our choir has grown and improved and, since taking on the membership portfolio a couple of years ago I have enjoyed it even more. I seem to have daily inquiries from singers interested in joining us and I love trying to persuade them to come along. We even receive emails from overseas from people who have discovered our website.
I have made some wonderful friends and, can honestly say Mondays are the highlight of my week.