Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters. We had a fantastic 2010 and already have plenty of dates in the diary for 2011, hopefully including a series of concerts in the summer. Come and see us tomorrow and Sunday at the Spread Eagle Inn Wedding Fair at Stourhead (29th & 30th January). It's a great event in a wonderful setting.
Very advance notice that we'll be playing at the wonderful wedding fair at Orchardleigh House in the New Year. It's a great chance to meet, hear us play, talk about your music choices. If you have music you'd like us to play just let us know and we'll programme it on the day. Glorious George Pritchard will be there to take your details while we're busy playing. Make sure you grab one of us in a break between tunes to discuss any of the music you have planned. We'll have demo CDs, cards and information with us.
Or Pilton as it's called round here (the Pilton Pop Festival), our viola player and second violinist have been invited to join Tumbleweed Jim for a bit of a change. We'll be performing at 6.30pm on the Saturday night at the Avalon Cafe Stage - come and say hello! Check out Tumbleweed Jim on MySpace they're pretty rockin'. It's great to be doing something different but May wouldn't be May without a clutch of wonderful weddings. We've received a warm welcome from everyone we've played for. We have a few new pieces in our repertoire: Man I Love (the Gershwin classic), Nice Work if You Can Get It and yet another arrangement of Chanson de Matin (we love this one) which we'll be rehearsing soon ready to add to our ever-growing repertoire. Hope you're having a sunny time wherever you are.
We're stocking up on new music and have added a few pieces to our growing repertoire. Firstly a clutch of popular hymns: Be Thou My Vision, Crown Him with Many Crowns, Jerusalem and a glorious arrangement of Thaxted (I Vow to Thee My Country) from Sterling Procter. Also O Mio Babbino Caro, a lyrical, romantic, delicious aria from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini (it was featured in the Merchant Ivory film Room With a View). We're busy rehearsing and looking forward to quite a full programme of weddings, parties and performances coming up.
An Easter treat for us, we're getting together at the weekend to rehearse and record a new selection of music for our website. Look out for our brand new LISTEN page in the next couple of weeks. Also we have a host of engagements in the next few weeks so we're rehearsing lots of new repertoire including arrangements of: The Promise by Tracy Chapman and The Raiders' March from Indiana Jones; alongside classic favourites: Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Chanson de Matin and Handel's Hornpipe from the Water Music.
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