A musically hectic couple of days ahead
The Cheshire FireChoir are keeping warm in rehearsals, despite it being absolutely freezing outside! We don't think we have ever been so cold. Apparently it was the coldest Valentine's Day for 100 years.
At least we were in the warm as we were back at rehearsals, practicing for around four hours on our tone and working at singing together with our singing colleagues from around the world.
Our conductor for the concert is James Jordan. James is an American who is recognised in the musical community as one of the United States' most outstanding conductors, writers and innovators in the field. If James can't get us singing together then no one can!
Composer Paul Mealor was also there so the pressure was on to get it right. We were accompanied by a baby grand piano today, but at the concert there will be a full orchestra, a first for us!
Paul Mealor joined the Cheshire Fire Choir for the day after he was presented with a fire service jacket.
Soloist Penelope Shumate sang with us for a short time. She is a soprano who has been described as having a "voice with power" and we certainly thought that when we heard her sing. She was truly amazing.
Things are also on track for singing at Ground Zero on Tuesday, and we have arranged for a piano for the performance (no full orchestra this time!), although rain is forecast so we may need umbrellas!
It's going to be a hectic couple of days but we are loving the challenges and looking forward to singing at two very different but equally impressive venues so much.
Last updated: Tuesday 23 February 2016