Well now I’m back in the UK there has been no time to relax. This weekend started with possibly one of the most surreal gigs that Notorious (my choir) has done since its inception 11 years ago: We were asked to sing at a special service for the Bishop of Birmingham at Lifford Lane tip!
The idea was a good one – the Bishop is trying to encourage people to think about the environment and recycling as we enter the Christmas season. For any of you who know Lifford Lane Recycling Centre you will know that they have a lovely collection of garden gnomes and at this time of year a spectacular display of plastic christmas decorations (all previously dumped by the people of Birmingham I presume!).
Anyway – singing at 9am is not our strong point but we had to put our best voices forward as there were tons of press there including Midlands Today.
Here we are rehearsing at Ruth’s house up the road at 8am – it was probably our earliest rehearsal ever:
and then at the tip in our attractive high vis jackets!
Then in the evening Notorious performed Faure’s Requiem in St Paul’s in Hockley – a notable concert for us as I wasn’t conducting – thank you to Ula Weber for holding the fort while I was galavanting around India. It went really well and I got to enjoy just singing for once which was a real treat.
Sunday saw me joining my Ex Cathedra buddies and singing in the Nutcracker with Birmingham Royal Ballet. I’ll be doing about 6 performances of this in December – and it always helps me get into the Christmas spirit! Anyway – we went to the second performance of the day as a family and had a lovely time – I felt tired just watching the ballet dancers – how do they do that?