Is there anything like a retreat with your chorus? What a magical weekend of singing, dancing, learning and partying! The White Rosettes were celebrating our 40th birthday and 10 years of being coached by the wonderful Steve Jamieson so we had good reason to party!
The weekend was not without the usual tribulations of organising 70 people to be in the same place at the same time that isn’t our usual rehearsal space. There were risers to shift, lost car keys and sweltering heat to contend with. We even had to muster some impromptu sound dampening to soften the echo in our rehearsal space for the weekend but despite all of this we came together to really get down to the detail work on our competition set with Sally and our fab coach Steve. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin the surprise we have in store for you at LABBS in October but needless to say we are so very excited to show you what we’ve been up to!
Saturday night was particularly special as we had our 40th birthday dinner. White Rosettes past and present gathered with loved ones and guests including our very own LABBS chair Deborah Lamble to celebrate the last 40 years in style. Everyone looked fabulous and we had such a wonderful time. We awarded LABBS’ Long Service pins and 40th anniversary pins. The wonderfully talented Barbara and Aileen made us the most fantastic cake that featured each of our medal winning stage costumes, medals and of course white roses – and we all tucked into a delicious piece.
Once the speeches had left us emotional and we had recovered with cake there was nothing left for us to do but to have a sing. Current White Rosettes sang two of our favourite repertoire pieces, Skyfall and I Love Being Here with You, and then we were joined by past Rosettes to sing polecats through the ages! It was such a joy to stand with Rosettes past and present to sing as a big family.
The whole weekend was simply marvellous and really made me feel humbled to have the White Rosettes and extended barbershop family in my life. Roll on October!!