Thursday, September 15, 2011

August News

From one end of the UK to the other

Minehead -
after a hectic, but enjoyable month with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Buxton, I shot off South to Minehead and yet another festival. MF has been running for 48 years, and Richard Dickens has been conducting the last 30 of them! My desk partner, Nicko, is a relative "newcomer" as he has only been going down for 10 years. Its great fun, good music, wonderful hosts, crochet, local beers, skittles in the pub and joie de vivre.

Up to Scotland -
I was very lucky to be able to use John and Ann Kerrs wonderful flat in the New Town of Edinburgh, for my week with Scottish Chamber Orchestra. What a wonderful band they are. They are so musical, play wonderfully together. It was a great experience to work with them and Sir Roger Norrington. The basses are great blokes - regulars Nikita and Adrian, plus my deskie, Chris Sergeant.
And on the way to Edinburgh I did a Katherine Jenkins gig in Lytham. What an act KJ is - its a special performer who can get thoasands to an outside gig in cold wet weather and pay 40 quid a head to do so. Great fun.

Photo - poster at Usher Hall