Archive for April, 2013


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A Madman in a Blue Box

Today we had no performances, just traveling back to London. Since we were so to Wales border we decided to make a day trip to Cardiff to see the Doctor Who Experience.Image

(NB traveling handy hint : if you book trains online at home, take the credit card you used with you.)

A fabulous time was had by one and all, even those who didn’t know much about Doctor Who before hand.

Doctor Who, a scrumptious lunch, a scenic bus ride through Cardiff and we travelled back to London quite weary from our two days away, but having seen a great deal of the English and Welsh countryside and met some lovely people.

To complete a wonderful day we caught a bus through London seeing so many beautiful buildings. A little scary to drive past St Paul’s Cathedral – it’s SO big – and we are singing there on Friday!

But we seem to have lost Philip and Bernadette………Image



The Taming of the Shrewsbury

Sunday we travelled the rails to Shrewsbury in Shropshire.  Training through the countryside I understand why the early English settlers called the land they discovered  New South Wales.  Although not in south Wales, the countryside is so similar to the mid west of New South Wales.

ImageOn arrival we taxied through the ancient buildings of Shrewsbury to the magnificent St Chads church. It is apparently one of the three circular churches in England. Very beautiful.

We sang Evensong service, then a concert.  The audience was very welcoming. First performances on a tour are always a little nerve wracking, however our audience was very enthusiastic with comments ranging from “the most exciting concert I have ever been to” to “I really quite enjoyed it”.

After a full day of rehearsing, traveling, service and concert we went out for pizza with some members of the St Chad congregation who were billeting us for the night.  For all accounts everyone thoroughly enjoyed their stay. I had a lovely evening and morning with my billets in the little village of Dorrington. Thanks to all those from St Chad’s who looked after us so well.

After a restful sleep we are off to Cardiff, Wales for a day of being a tourist.



Handy hints for travellers

We are all still alive and mainly well.

So far we have had a few days of rehearsing and much exploring of Old London Town.

We all travelled here separately, so over the course of Thursday and Friday one by one we arrived at our flat in Hackney.  It is fairly small (12 of us in 3 bedrooms) but nice and warm.  It also has been great to have a rehearsal space where we are staying.

Friday and Saturday we have rehearsed then people have gone out into the town.

Saturday afternoon we ventured up to our local pub, The Cat and Mutton to be surprised by some lovely markets down the entire main street.  Fruits, veggies, breads and cheeses (yum) plus all manner of crafty things.

I personally ate a fabulous german hot dog before making purchases for dinner and lunch.

Today is Sunday and we are off to Shrewsbury to sing at evensong and then a concert. It is our first performance for the tour and our biggest sing, so baptism by fire.

Things we have learnt so far :

Don’t tell Ben that you have yummy food.

Geoff plus cupboard equals large gash.

Sharing a house with 12 people requires excellent bladder stamina.

But most importantly……

Buy your National Rail Tickets BEFORE you leave home.

That’s all for now,



UK bound

Well, it’s been less than a year since we returned from the US and next week a small group from the Chamber is heading off for a 10 day tour of the UK.  We will be singing in several churches, culminating in the Guild of Church Musiciuans Festival in Canterbury Cathedral.  Very exciting.

I hope to post most days.

See you on the other side……



April 2013