Chilling in my back room this morning and realise I have not one, but two rusty coloured visitors in our little London garden. A small fox comes and just hangs out, scratching it’s fleas, soaking up  a little bit of sun between the rain storms. It is sitting at the back of the garden when  the stray ginger cat arrives,  sits at the window, pressing its nose to the glass. It has taken a shine to doing this, every morning this week.

The two animals take absolutely no notice of each other.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

On  Monday the Bishopsgate Singers do a stonking sharing of the Motown and Soul songs we have been practising this term. We had a fantastic time. The Bishopsgate Singers  is a community choir with no audition, and the sound is amazing! Once in a while we get a beautifully, slightly out of tune foghorn (sometimes several) who seems not to realise that there are no boats to be called  to safety, that it is actually sunny outside, or that they are deafening the person next to them who is too polite to say anything. Somebody has to get the job of taming those amazingly powerful voices….guess who? I love inclusivity…most of the time!

SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY – Bishopgate Singers

Best Whistling ever!

Stop Press…. I am running 2 more  courses for Sound Connections on how to run a community choir….1st May and 19th June…pass it on to anyone you know who might be tempted to dust off  or learn some new skills

Course Title: Leading a Choir –  Tuesday 1st May or Tuesday 19th June

Training Leader: Gitika Partington

Description: This course will look at core skills involved in leading and directing choirs. It is intended for anyone who leads any form of community singing, whether it be in primary and secondary schools, youth, adult and cross-generational singing groups and choirs. The day will explore physical and vocal warm up activities, developing skills in directing and conducting and tips on effective song teaching without the use of written music.

Audience: All teachers and vocal leaders

Venue: ISTD2 Dance Studios, 346 Old Street, London EC1V 9NQ

Cost: £75 + booking fee to include refreshments and lunch

Wow! Dublin Zoo was so cool. Huge expanses of water everywhere make it seem like there are no animals in cages. They have elephants! Hurrah. I miss the hefalumps at London Zoo so it has been an age since I have been so close to one of my creased friends. Also it makes the Gorilla World at London Zoo look like a very small bedroom in comparison to a whole stately home. The gorillas live on a big island and look really relaxed. Here is a bit of  video  of what I think are some chimps just padding about a bit. The other cool thing about the zoo in Dublin was when I showed my London Zoo card and wondered if I might get a little discount, I got in free! yipee. I wonder if London Zoo is so hospitable to overseas visitors…….I will find out.

Song of the Day –Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head

I was  the paint shop  again this morning as I am decorating my office, which is taking days as it was painted shades of purple and orange, which are a bucket to cover up with brilliant white…we are talking coats and coats. The young man who mixed my paint ( oh I am having a bit of yellow too) mentioned that he had this song in his head…I told him about the German word ‘earworm’ for a song that gets stuck going round and round your head. He told me he has had this song in his head for at least a month and the annoying thing is that he can only remember the first line…now that is annoying. He  knew the second line was something to do with red and that that it rhymed!

Wow! What a fantastic workshop that was today, thanks to 25 amazing teachers who took the time out to come and spend the day at the Ark with me…on a Saturday!

The Ark is an great  place. Lovely staff. I am so looking forward to my return visit in a few weeks. Next time I visit, I am staying longer and I shall be singing with classes of kids and families – that’s all type of families click here.   I had a bit of a walk round Dublin after the workshop  -it was a bit full of crazy excited rugby fans and Ireland had just won!  I saw Oscar Wilde ( well a statue of him in the park, and I cannot for the life of me understand why this photo keeps turning on its side, even in death he continues to be a rebel…baaa!) a green post box, the grounds of Trinity College, and ate a fantastic rib eye steak (vegetarians look away!) as I  need to keep my strength up for the mammoth journey home tomorrow, which will be a culinary desert for a gluten free person. Ferries and trains have never had a window for the ‘special diets’…Wish me luck!

VIDEO OF THE DAY – Stop it!

Listen very carefully now..this video will save you a fortune in therapy bills. ha ha!