I would normally share this on my personal pages, rather than my professional page. But as it’s connected to my music, I wished to share it with you.
Today, I woke up to a text to call someone back with sad news. I called them to find out that a friend had had a heart attack and died the day before. You get the text, you sit there before calling them, thinking who could it be that’s died. You can never prepare yourself for the shock when you find out.
David. I don’t remember meeting him. I just know he was a big part of my circle of friends and is now gone.
He has touched so many lives. I can tell from the initial reactions in only the first 24 hours. This man’s death, is going to hit so many people, so hard.
6 years ago, I joined the Church of the Ascension, Ealing and formed a choir, which became the Ascension Community Choir. We struggled to build the numbers for years and gradually one person at a time we were up to 10 regulars. 2 sopranos, 4 altos and 4 basses. We started with 1 bass who struggled, and then David joined. David has been a star. He couldn’t read music, but he learned by ear and remembered everything and sang it. Over the last few years, 2 more basses joined the ranks to make 4. Neither were the strongest singers, but led by David, they have become a great section. Even at rehearsal last week, I remember how much difference he made to the basses, by his talent of listening and learning and then singing it. The loss of David in the choir is going to hit us so hard, emotionally and musically. He has been with us, (I’m not even sure how many) years now.
Earlier this year, we did a Come and Sing event. We performed Faure’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria with a choir of 22 people. We had some really strong visiting soloists who covered most of the solos, but as a choir in the early stages of rehearsals, David got voted by everyone to sing the Libera Me in the Requiem. When he first sang it in rehearsal, he sent shivers down our spines. I am fortunate enough to have an audio recording (which annoyingly I cannot find anyway to share it on here) of the final performance of a few excerpts of the day that someone in the audience made and one of them happens to be the Libera Me. I listened to it today and it still sends shivers down my spine. David was a talented singer, with a beautiful voice and his voice will be dearly missed. His voice will also be missed in the church congregation on Sundays. Whenever he walked into a service and started singing, the congregation suddenly felt his confidence and the volume doubled from everyone. His voice really did support us.
He was to be married in January 2018 and requested that the community choir sang John Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You at the ceremony, and I think it only appropriate that I will be requesting that we perform it at his funeral. The community choir performs a lot of John Rutter’s music, especially at Christmas time and both David and I had/have a soft spot for his music.
There are many other non musical memories to share, but that’s not for this page. I just want to say a big thank you to a truly special man who I will always hold in my heart as much as I still hold my mum in my heart. I believe you are watching over us David, and I just want to say, Thank You so much for everything you have done for me and God Bless You, and may you rest in peace and rise in glory. X