The role of a choir WAG is a serious one – it’s not all shopping and cosmopolitan cocktails, believe me. We supporters have a huge role to fulfil on the choir’s tour of Europe. As you would expect, I have certainly risen to the challenge.
Firstly, we have all taken time off from our ‘normal lives’ – our jobs, our own hobbies and free time - to support our respective partners/husbands/wives/babies/family on the tour (hard life, hey?). Secondly, we are on hand to iron uniforms, carry music and more importantly, give our loved ones pep talks to help get them through. (Not that it’s hard to take – check out the picturesque town of Llangollen, Wales, above and below – home of the world-famous Llangollen Choir Eisteddford. FYI we are expecting floods today … time to purchase Wellington boots!)
Performing each and every day takes courage and commitment … and lots of drugs. Yep, the inevitable has happened, the choir has been struck down with the flu – and even worse, my husband and some of the other male members have contracted the ‘man flu’. Call an ambulance! Get the flowers and start digging those holes!
So my role has gone from supporter to nurse. There have been a lot of “there theres” and rubbing of foreheads and sympathetic cups of tea. My poor, poor tenor-singing (well hopefully!) husband.
In all seriousness, this hideous illness could not have come at a worse time – we have just arrived in Llangollen, Wales for the piece-de-resistance, the International Choir of the World Competition. Seriously! Of all the worse times in the world the choir could get sick. It started with one, and slowly over the past three days, choir members have been struck down, one by one. It is inevitable really – 79 people stuck on a bus together for days on end with germs filtering through the air con … eew!
The president even took to addressing ‘sickness etiquette’ within the choir (a very smart move) to help contain the spread. I mean, just imagine, these talented people have travelled from the other side of the world for this one event and they are struck down with sickness. Not fair! (See pic below – The choir’s steps at eliminating spread of the flu may be classed as over-cautious …)
I however, am (currently) fighting fit so am prepared for my role to encompass chemist runs, handing out of Lemsip and disposing of tissues. Of and of course, a few back rubs and pep talks to get my hubby through.
Ah, the life of a WAG isn’t as glamorous as it seems!
Any tips on getting the team through?