Like number 13 buses, gigs always land at the same time (but unlike number 13 buses, at least our gigs are reliable).
We started our week on Sunday 10th June at the Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. We were delighted to be performing as part of the Stratford Fringe Festival, and what a gorgeous location! We were out on the terrace, entertaining the diners and afternoon tea-ers with a programme of light jazz and popular music. Despite questionable weather, people stopped to listen and gave us a very warm welcome. Thanks to BaH Andrew, we had sparkly new perspex shields to keep our music pinned down and dry which was an absolute necessity for the English “summer”. (By the way, for those who are new to us, we have BaHs – Boyfriends and Husbands, as opposed to footballer’s WaGs – Wives and Girlfriends).
Second gig of the week was at St. Mary’s Church, Acocks Green as guests of the Swansong Music Society. What a gorgeous church it is! We were made to feel exceptionally welcome and had a great turn out.
We put together a “something for everyone” programme, from Pachelbel’s Canon through to Peggy Lee’s Fever. Kate’s vocals went down particularly well and the acoustic made playing an absolute delight. The full set list looked like this:
Over the Rainbow
Cheek to Cheek
Excerpts from Carmen
Make you feel my love
Sax in the City
Nearness of You
Strike Up the Band
Fly Me to the Moon
Samba alla Turca
Flower Duet from Lakme
My Funny Valentine
All Because of You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Kayleigh in Killarney
Some of the titles you won’t recognise, but they are pieces by British composers and arrangers, including Keri Degg, Karen Street, Philip Buttall, Colin Crabb and Nigel Wood.
Last but certainly not least we provided background music for a lovely couple celebrating their wedding anniversary at The Limes in Earlswood. Another mixed programme in (generally) a more up-tempo vein. We even squeezed ‘Sir Duke’ in which is always a crowd pleaser!
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable week!