2006 - 2008
Our main event in 2006 was a long weekend in Slovenia which started with a dinner hosted by the British Embassy on the Friday evening. The Saturday proved to be a very long day with a coach trip to visit the short coastlineÂ seeing the spectacular Postojna Caves en route, testing out the incredible acoustic with Steal Away, and then a joint concert in Ajdovscina with our hosts, the Male Choir Srecko Kosovel, Slovenia who we had met in Cornwall the previous year. After the packed concert we were taken to a nearby mountain village and treated to a wine cellar crawl with different courses and wines in each location. We finally reached our beds at about 4am and then were up for a tour of Ljubljana with the British Ambassador at 9.30. In the afternoon we visited a monastery in the east of country and then performed a concert in the town of Rogaska Slatina. On the Monday we visited the Lake Bled area for a walk and boat trip and then were deposited at the airport for our flight home.
A Busy 2007
After a quiet 2006, 2007 was much busier, starting with a concert at Bromley Reform Synagogue and then a second visit to the Cornish International Festival.Â This time we were third behind a Swedish University Choir and a choir from Germany. The weekend was pleasant, with a performance in the gala concert, a concert in Bodmin and time for a boat trip to Falmouth and a fairly long walk interrupted by a long lunch outside a pub withÂ a splendid view down the Fal. InJuly we performed at the Uckfield Festival with the Mid Sussex Sinfonia at a Last Night of the Proms event to a packed hall with the concert being broadcast on Radio Uckfield. This was an enjoyable evening with the chance to perform pieces such as the Peers Chorus from Iolanthe and Huntsmen's Chorus from Freischutz with full orchestra.Â August saw us returning to Switzerland, staying this time in a Holiday House called La Rouvraie and located high above Lake Neuchatel. We had the usual busy week, with side excursions to various places and three packed concerts performed jointly with three local choirs: Historique de la Société La Patriote, Vallorbe; Historique de La Cressiacoise;L’Helvétienne. Finally in October we sang in a concert at St Barnabas Church in East Dulwich to raise funds for St. Christopher's Hospice.
After the previous busy year we decided to do rather less, starting with a performance for a birthday party and taking a weekend to Magalas in the Lanquedoc before performing in a pre-Christmas concert in Staines for Daybreak. In between we began a rolling programme of recording our latest repertoire.
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