Beaudesert’s community choir for ‘anyone who can open their mouth’ is back in full swing after two years of Covid disruptions.
A-Choired Taste, which was established in 2008, is about fun, friendship and good mental health as much as it is about singing.
So, when Covid put the brakes on gathering to sing in person, the group still kept in touch to support one another.
But the smiles on their faces when they returned to regular rehearsals this year (albeit behind mandated masks for the first three sessions) showed there is nothing like real human connection.
Choir president Andy Grodecki, who together with wife Bernie has been part of the group since 2008, said the last few years had been an interesting time.
“We obviously went into lockdown and couldn’t sing together in person, so we attempted to use Zoom for that,” he said.
“Everything was out of synch, so it ended up being a few hilarious nights trying but we kept having to give up because it wasn’t possible – the technology didn’t work for us.”
Choir conductor Corinne Teese said, while also meant some fresh it was good to check in with each other during times of lockdown, it was good to see each other face to face.
“You could see the joy on lots of people’s faces when they walked through the door the first night at rehearsals – you could see they were pleased to be back,” she said.
The return to choir has also meant some fresh faces, including seven-week-old Timothy Kruger, son of choir members Jane (previous conductor) and Vince Kruger.
Corinne said anyone was welcome to come along.
“It’s not auditioned, you don’t need to have done anything with music pre- viously, you just have to enjoy singing,” she said.
“If you sing in the shower, just come along.”
A-Choired Taste rehearsals are 6.45pm for 7pm Thursdays at The Centre, Beaudesert.
For more information phone Andy Grodecki on 0411 361 044, request to join their public group on Facebook by searching ‘A-Choired Taste – the Scenic Rim Community Choir’, visit https:// achoiredtaste.net/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org