Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Romanian trip

Our annual trip to Alba Iulia in Romania was splendid once more!
Our old friend Mihai Coser invited us once more to host an evening of vocal harmony - this year our guests were the excellent Berliner quartet - Delta Q.
They were terrific:- as ever, wonderful to meet another vocal band & to share in their excellence; they are indeed a teensy weensy bit younger than us! - nonetheless very very accomplished.... especially enjoyed their funky In einem k├╝hlen Grunde & their countdown medley... great ending too... I feel good!
Steve was good enough to sing Skyfall - this time accompanied by us and Chris Hatt, who flew out to join us on piano - and Delta Q also sang an Adele number - clearly she is well-loved in Romania as the songs went down good!

Now we look forward to our gig with St Edmund's School, Canterbury - we had a rehearsal with them tonight, and the pieces we are doing with them already sound great - and they are still rehearsing all next week... should be cool at Grosvenor Chapel on July 9th....7.30 (It's in central London!)

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Friday, 14 June 2013

London in the summer

London in the Summer - What could be better!
First port of call, The Oval, naturally... the only disappointment being that England were beaten by Sri Lanka!  However, the match was excellent; we batted well & they batted better!

Also in the crowd near us, was tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson - too far away for me to bellow over the crowd, & they were so very careful about everyone being in the correct section of the ground... but belatedly hello, Richard, should you read this!

...and what else might one do?  Go to a summer concert of course.
July 9th we are very much looking forward to... we will get to perform two things that need greater forces to occur... Brilliantly we are joined by St Edmund's Canterbury's choirs...

Love Makes the World Go Round - David Cullen's sparkling arrangement of the jolly Noel Gay song, in 22 parts!
Over the Rainbow - Andrew Pryce Jackman's excellent arrangement from A Tribute to Hollywood for 2 of each of the group, so we can do it with the school's vocal group...

Come to the Grosvenor Chapel on July 9th - not to be missed!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Yorkshire idyll

Beautiful weather greeted us at Ilkley station, where we performed at the excellent Ilkley Playhouse...
Delightful, as ever, to work in the UK, and also for me to meet again my English teacher (from when we were both very much younger!) Walter Swan, who is in charge of the Playhouse.
We were looked after tremendously & despite all the railway companies best efforts, our journeys were excellent.
Lots of old friends who have escaped up north were in the audience - hooray; and of course many local people too.
Ilkley is clearly a place with a great deal going on, lots of choirs, venues & arts are in evidence as you wander the town...
Our audience showed the northern warmth we would expect, and a glorious time was had by all...

Off back to Romania next, but don't forget our London outing with St Edmund's School...
...July 9th, btw...