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.

Singing for the Red Cross

Last Friday some of the Bishopsgate Singers once again
took a turn to the City to once again help raise funds for the Red Cross. Much better weather than the last time we sung, check out the difference in our apparel.

Wrapped Up!

In December we sang for the Red Cross in Leadenhall Market in the City of London and it was fureezing -much to the dismay of the City workers trying to enjoy a quiet pint and a fag outside a couple of hostelries. We raised a few squids for the Red Cross who need  all the help they can get, and every little gesture helps.
This time we sang near Spitalfields Market. Sadly most people just run by, much too busy to listen or to donate, thank goodness Angela’s family  and a couple of partners were there  applauding our efforts. I suppose we should be grateful no-one threw anything at us. It was great fun and gave us a chance to see how much of last term’s repertoire we had remembered…sounded pretty good to me.   New term starts tonight…yippppeeee!

SONG OF THE DAY – I Want You Back -Jackson Five

Yup We are doing this tonight in choir…ha ha