Day 2 – A sobering moment

I’m on tour with around one hundred members of the London
Gay Men’s Chorus in New York.

Yesterday was our second day in the Big Apple and our first day
of getting down to business, rehearsing for our joint performance with the New
York City Gay Men’s Chorus on Saturday.

We’re doing two other performances here before we move on to
Chicago next week. This evening we’re performing at the British Consulate, but
before that we’re heading for Broadway.

By tomorrow I’ll be able to say I’ve sung on 42nd
Street in New York, New York.

OK, so it’s going to be at Madame Tussauds.

But it’s still Broadway.

Meanwhile, how was the rehearsal?

There are nearly three hundred men in the two Choruses. It’s
been over 30 degrees today (nearly 90 in Fahrenheit) today. At seven o’clock
last night, we were all packed into a large (ish) church hall on Upper East
Side, with two musical directors and a band.

How do you think it went?

As Wallace from Wallace and Gromit might have said: “as well
as can be expected”.

Actually, I think we’re going to blow the socks off our
audience on Saturday. The sound of three hundred male voices singing in close
harmony has enormous power.

To inspire and uplift.

Given everything that’s happening in our world at the
moment, I think we need some inspiring and uplifting.

Earlier in the day, I was humbled by the effect a small
world event had on my life.

I was at the top of number one World Trade Center, when my
cousin in Boston messaged me.

“You OK? Saw an accident in Times Square and thought of you”.

Within moments, other messages from relatives and friends came
in. Then the members of the London chorus began checking round, to see if
everyone was safe.

We were.

I rang my mother to reassure her, and posted a message to
say I was safe.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and your concern.

It was a wonderful moment, which illustrated the supportive
global community we can be.