Hallo ..Today is a day …Notre Dame is in flames and I finally finished the video for our newest song. It is a very special song because 36 of my singers over 3 choirs ( UCL Staff Singing Club, the Tubthumping Chorus, and The Old Bishops Community Choir) took up the challenge to sing the chorus into their phones while listening to their track on computer laptop with headphones and send me the result. It is hopeful and melancholic at the same time.There are 4 mixes on the new EP on bandcamp , one has the choir featured more heavily..but if you know they are there you definitely can hear the beauty they add to the song. Am going to do this again..so get your headphones ready, as you could be next..,thanks everyone.
So finally there is a couple of weeks for me to tidy my desk and have a bit of time to reflect on the then, the now, and the later on…
I am quite good at embracing the concept of rest and recovery, but its a bit like 100pmh to 0mph..which seems to suggest I always leave it a bit late and the recovery happens when I am in crash mode…nope..actuall feeling pretty darned good and ready to take on another term of lovely singing starting 23rd April.
It has been a glorious term and even though my term off did not go according to plan ( there was a plan? ) I feel I had a chance to appreciate how much my choirs mean to me and what an important part of my life singing with other people is.
Here is a wonderful version of Single Sky that I wrote and recorded with Andrew McCrorie-Shand as part of my 3 Bucket Jones life. Arranging it for my singing tribe, and the Bishopsgate Singers embracing it and singing it so beautifully feels likely creative dots are being joined, if the makes any sense. We also sung another Bucket Song in the Tubthumpers Chorus but yet to record it..Thanks to Bob Karper for filming it. I feel a string quartet moment coming on….
Yay! How about that..the illustrious Tom Robinson mentioned you on his mix tape programme…I got 60% of a three minute song played… I wrote, recorded, and put out in 2 days played, so that was an all roundly exciting moment for us all! There are some great pieces of new music on the hour long programme too.
Very excited about our next gig with the choirs -the tubthumping chorus, the old bishops -who need a new name and special guests broomdasher – a 16 piece acapella folk group with Sally Davies at the helm who runs the Cecil Sharpe Folk Choir, also 3 Bucket Jones -the trio gitika is in who performed with the choirs last year art Cecil Sharp House will be making an appearance. it is at the Conway Hall in London near holborn and there will be 2 50 minute sets of splendid acapella song with a little bit of acoustic song thrown in for good measure.