This year is the 50th anniversary of the Waldershelf Singers (formerly the Waldershelf Choral Society). I feel very privileged to be in this position at such a time; to be a part of this Choir and singing amongst such an amazing group of people, whom I am also happy to call friends. At the moment of such a notable achievement, on Saturday evening at Tapton Hall in Sheffield, we celebrated this with a dinner, a bit of dancing and entertainment by the six piece band, SwingamaThing. We shall not be singing for a change; we’re off duty and will be indulging ourselves on Saturday evening.
A significant part of this celebration is that we should recognise all those who have been loyal to the Choir for many, many years, some of whom have been there pretty much since we started. One in particular, who became a founder member in 1962, has given the Choir fifty years of uninterrupted service since then. He is still singing as strongly as ever in the tenor section today! He is of course the inimitable Gordon Rogers.
Last month I visited Gordon’s home and spent a pleasant hour or so in conversation with him about the choir, past, present and future, and what part he himself had to play in it over those fifty years. A recording of this conversation follows below.
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