A few years ago, I joined a barbershop chorus in Derbyshire called “DaleDiva”. It was something I’d never done before but I went along to one of their workshop days and was blown away by how friendly and welcoming the ladies were.
DaleDiva are part of an organisation called “Sweet Adelines International”, which is a women’s only barbershop organisation made up of choruses from around the world. I was lucky enough to get to perform with them at two regional conventions in Birmingham. It was an incredible experience (if slightly surreal).
Sadly, after a couple of years the financial and time demands became too much for me and it was with great regret that I chose to step down from the chorus. It was a very hard decision to make and it’s one that I sometimes wish I hadn’t made.
Although I no longer sing with the Divas, I do try and keep up with their adventures and support them as much as I can. I went along to watch them in Convention a couple of years ago and was delighted to see them take first place in their category. The final result of this was that they were given the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to compete in the international convention.
I’ve watched on Facebook for 18 months as they have worked tirelessly to prepare for the competition and on Wednesday, finally, the big day arrived. They were due to go on stage at 8.30pm Las Vegas time, which was 4.30am here in the UK. Still, determined to watch them perform I set my alarm for 4am.
Alas, as often happens, things don’t always go to plan. With the alarm set, I headed to bed but didn’t get to stay there for long. My head had barely hit the pillow before Bug woke up and started to cause a fuss.
Hoping not to disturb Moogle, I took Bug downstairs to watch a quick episode of Peppa Pig which I watched the start of the competition webcast. One episode turned into two and 2 hours later we were still sat up with no sign of Bug giving into sleep.
Finally I decided enough was enough and I carried her back to her cot to let her cry it out for a few minutes. As soon as I put her down, Moogle woke up saying she thought she was going to be sick! Cue one giant rush to the bathroom with one very emotional little girl. Luckily she wasn’t actually ill but decided to come back downstairs to sit and watch telly with me, while I continued watching the competition.
And that’s where I sat, chatting on the forums with other viewers, for the whole night. It’s probably why I’m struggling to write this post now as after 1 hour of sleep I can barely string two words together, let alone a whole blog post. I watched the entire competition until finally DaleDiva came on stage.
They were absolutely fabulous! Seriously, I was blown away at how confident and professionally they performed. They easily stood up to the American choirs. It was amazing to see so many familiar faces giving their all.
All that was left to do was wait for the results (although by this time it was 6.30am and time for me to get ready for work). DaleDiva came 2nd overall! And there was only one point between them and the Gold medal winners. It was an incredible moment and I can’t begin to imagine how excited they must have been. I can’t think of a group of women who deserve it more! Congratulations ladies! You earned it!