Telly kapellmeister and all-round good egg Gareth Malone wants this at his:
Oh thank you Evelyn – amen to that! Singing makes a place for mourners to feel what they need to feel, and there are so many different songs that can be used. Though we do come up against a sort of cultural conservatism that comes from nerves about wanting to do it right, do it properly. So they don’t want something unusual! But I feel it will, slowly, gain ground and spread.
Amen to that and lovely to hear he inspires people to DO something, instead of just sitting and blubbing (me) as he draws another nobody into the limelight of self confidence
Threnody needs to be rolled out nationwide – every single funeral should have one!
I owe the mighty Gareth a lot. It was watching him lead a bunch of ordinary i.e. inexperienced and untrained and unconfident people into becoming a choir that could sing in public that got my partner and I into contacting Bangor Community Choir and getting involved. After two years of inspirational singing (I mean, it inspired me, if no-one else..!) I had the Malone-esque idea to develop a choir of community singers to sing at funerals religious, non-religious and in-between, at crematoria (v unusual) or anywhere else. “Threnody” was born.
The idea was Malone-esque. Wish I had one three-hundred-and-thirtieth of his ability and skill!
He is, as you say, a thoroughly good egg, and although I doubt he frequents the GFG, I’d like to thank him loudly and publicly for what he’s done for so many people, me, Threnody and everyone they have sung for, included. Sing out, sing on!
Ha ha – brilliant choice Mr Malone.
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