so on the train right now …a train with free internet! ( mentioning no names)
I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a day or at least once a week for all of 2011.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
Gitika x x x
So off I trudged on the train from St Pancras International to Ashford International for a 3 day residential with the Kent Youth Singers and The Kent Youth Choir. I picked the right weekend to teach Snow Patrol…Cold Play and ‘snow flakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes! Now the Kent Youth Singers are what I call a set of classy singers!
I was privileged to work with them.
They worked so hard under freezing conditions, learned all the songs from memory and sung 6 songs beautifully at the concert -‘Chasing Cars’ -Snow Patrol, ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Make You Feel my Love’ Bob Dylan, She’s Like A Swallow’, “Lean on Me’ and ‘Viva la Vida’ mostly in 4 or 5 part Acapella – which was 5 hours early due to 4” of snow and really bad weather conditions. Even with so much snow everyone managed to dress up for dinner on Saturday night..and there more than a few extremely high heels tottering through the snow to the refectory..now that is dedication to style!
The Kent Barbershop serenaded us after dinner with some very stylish polished material.
Scott worked with the ‘Kent Youth Choir’ another amazing group of singers, and they learned some really challenging stuff, two Arvo Part pieces and excerpts from Bach’s Magnificat, and Scott rehearsed both choirs teaching some of his own arrangements of several lovely carol arrangements with Jazz trio …splendid…
A fabulous 3 day weekend and concert…..MORE!!!!!
So in this freezing weather I have all sorts of tales of buses and trains and arrving at rehearsals 4 hours early or not at all. Concerts come and go but I had to post these delicious pictures of some of the Bishopsgate Singers after singing for at least an hour in the cold for the Red Cross in Leadenhall Market in the City if London much to the dismay of the City workers trying to enjoy a quiet pint and a fag outside a couple of hostelries. We sung all the repertoire from our end of term sharing which should be on youtube soon and hopefully raised a few pennies for the Red Cross who need all the help they can get, and every little gesture helps.