On Monday the 5th of October, members of Moffat Children’s Choir held their weekly choir session outdoors at the new woodland shelter / forest classroom on Gallow Hill.
Because of the pandemic, the choir has only recently been able to start singing together again and this was an opportunity to sing outside as a whole group and to show off their new hoodies. These were purchased with a grant from Moffat and District Community Council’s micro grant scheme.
Fourteen members of the choir came along for the outside singing, with some socially distanced and masked parents as an impromptu audience. Choir members and parents all found it a very enjoyable experience, which was conducted within current COVID regulations.
Musical director Kate Durran was full of praise for the new woodland shelter, commenting that it is great to sing together outdoors and that the shelter ‘even has an acoustic – it must be the wood’. Kate is always happy to welcome new members of any age into the children’s choir.
For Moffat Community Woodlands, a spokesperson said “It is fantastic to have the shelter used for singing and the group welcomes community use of all kinds in this new facility. The shelter was built by local firm Thick and Thin Lumber Co from Beattock, using Douglas Fir with Larch roof shingles and was funded by a legacy payment from the Small ‘n’ Tall Childcare charity when it ceased trading two years ago.”