Another technical milestone has been crossed -I can get soundcloud to show up on my blog..yippee! So I am going to start having a PAGE which shares the latest song I have arranged into acapella. This will be on a heading at the top of my (ahem) website, always sounds a bit pretentious…… still. But as I have got the hang of it I am going to post another song here just so I can practice my newly found skill. This is a version I finished about 2 weeks ago of a Pet Shop Boys song called West End Girls, for our 80’s season this term at the Bishopsgate Singers.
I left choir last night and there was a bit of a fog in the air…you can feel the temperature has changed over the last week. If you wear glasses they suddenly start steaming up when you get indoors, because of the rapid temperature change ( that is, if it is warm inside)
I quite often leave the Bishopsgate Institute, Spitalfields, opposite Liverpool Street Station on a Monday night and still am in awe of the buildings in the city, several which have been erected since I started the choir 6 or 7 years ago.
The Institute itself is a listed building, that you can walk right by and miss it, as it is tucked away in between a Pizza Express and another shop, but it goes back from the street a long long way. It has a public library and a lovely cafe, a Great Hall and an Upper Hall where they have public concerts and big choral groups rehearse, lots of other spaces, evening classes and all sorts.
The mix of old and new buildings in the city is wonderful. We rehearsed in St. Botolphs, Bishopsgate a couple of years ago, and I have an ancestor who was married there in the 18th century. Here are a few photos I took as I walked from Liverpool Street to Moorgate Underground. When it is a bit foggy you cannot see the top of the tall buildings. The gherkin is cloaked as are the taller buildings too. Wow, well it still works for me, so I am not ready to leave London yet……
SONG OF THE DAY – What Have I Done to Deserve This -Pet Shop Boys, Dusty Springfield
Rumour has it Pet Shop Boy Neil might live in Spitalfields, so I thought I would post this, to pay my respect to a local boy, plus to continue to show constant love for the wonderful wonderful Dusty. May you be singing with the angels.