‘Gotta Be’ with Bristol Fashion and how Love Saved The Day!
Reflecting on hosting of a LABBS Education Day via Zoom, I marvel at the brilliant Zoominators, Education Judges and our own MPT as they navigated the sea of faces, breakout rooms, log-ins and screen sharing necessary to bring over 80 delegates together on a sunny Sunday morning in April.
Like every Bristol Fashion rehearsal we got things going with a physical warm-up: the Musical Milkshake moves were literally bananas and everyone was whisked up to a noisy froth. Our Assistant MD, Caro, really did ‘gotta be cool and calmer’ as she led the vocal warm up. For when sound and screen sharing failed she barely blinked before teaching us the remarkably apt lyrics of a new round – ‘I am enough, just as I am.’
After moving to break-out rooms – another mini Zoom glitch! After 40 seconds we were back in the ‘auditorium’ and laughter filled the soundwaves. The Zoominators swiftly sent us back to our breakout rooms ready for our Sectionals with the Bristol Fashion MPT. We are all proud of these ladies, they have big hearts and a generosity with their time and it was wonderful to see them ‘be wiser’ as they shared their knowledge and good humour in equal measure. Time flew.
Moving on, Captain of the BF Ship, Craig Kehoe, kept everyone in ‘alignment’ with breathing and rhythm whilst the Judges zoomed in and out creating a treasure trove of music, singing and performance gems.
Finally we were back in the virtual auditorium for the performance. And standing there, the words resonated with so much meaning – be wiser, stronger, so much tougher. It was our year summed up in a single song. We realised a love for our art form, for our friendships, for that beautiful sound of harmony and all things beyond singing – a love that has kept us going for a whole year on-line, a love that sustains us as we prepare to finally return – that LOVE – well, it really has saved the day!
Debbie Trotman, Bristol Fashion (feeling a tad emotional!)