Singing group Milltown Sound Chorus have been unable to meet in person for rehearsals since lockdown began in March – but they’ve still found ways to keep in tune with each other!
Government rules mean it is still almost impossible for choirs to rehearse together, and the group, who used to meet weekly at Golborne Parkside, haven’t been able to perform live for months.
2020 should have been an incredibly exciting year for the Millies, who were due to compete in the International Sweet Adelines convention in the USA this October. They had been busy fundraising for this trip of a lifetime since qualifying last year.
But the good news is that the contest, which takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, has only be postponed – so the dreams of the singers will still come true in October next year.
Sara Wilcox from Milltown Sound, said: “With no date yet from the Government as to when we will be able to get together again, we’ve used this time to just catch up, chat, play games and quizzes and of course learn some new music and dig into some music theory!
“Some of our members have been learning the ukulele from our fabulous teacher Alison and we have been learning some new songs for the USA contest.
She added: “We have some absolutely amazing members who are key workers, teachers, nurses and doctors, who have been working throughout this pandemic and we are so proud and honoured for them to be in Milltown.”
And whilst the fundraising activity that had been planned for this year have had to be cancelled, the group still have big plans for some fun events to help pay for their American trip next year. Ideas include a murder mystery night, disco bingo night, a fashion show and a race night – so keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.
There’s also been some really sad times for the group recently. In early June, the Milltown family were absolutely heartbroken to lose one of their beloved members, Wendy Conboy, who passed away quite suddenly from a short illness.
Sara says: “Wendy was the heart and soul of Milltown and will forever be missed by us all. Although we are all still reeling, we have each other and want to remember Wendy with the happy memories we all shared together.”
Now the group are looking ahead to Christmas and hoping to be able to spread their usual musical festive cheer.
“We hope to be back together in person soon so we can sing, hug and chat,” says Sara. “Fingers crossed this will be before Christmas so we can spread some joy by carol singing at local care homes and Haigh Hall.”
If you’d like to find out more about Milltown Sound or how you can support their fundraising efforts, make sure you like their page on Facebook.