Yesterday saw me hang up my choir robes for the last time, as I “retired” from the choir of Christ Church Cathedral.
I first joined the choir in 2007, and in the intervening 8 years I’ve had the privilege to be involved in very exciting things: TV and radio broadcasts, tours, ordinations, consecrations, enthronements, presidential visits, ecumenical services, concerts, and carol services. I’ve sung in more services than I can count, with some amazing singers and talented musicians.
It’s been a great experience which will leave me with treasured memories and lifelong friendships.
However, all good things must come to an end. A while ago I came to the decision that I wanted to lessen my commitments. The choir takes up Thursday evening, and all day on Sunday – which is quite a lot of time, on top of a full-time job. I’m also concious that being in the choir restricts what we can plan to do as a couple on weekends and special occasions such as Christmas.
So, I’m taking a break from singing. It might be for a short time. It might be for a long time. I don’t know how I’ll feel in 6 or 12 months time, but for now I’m looking forward to enjoying the extra free time.