It’s been a while since we’ve added an update to these pages, but the quartet haven’t been resting – we’ve had a busy and productive summer.
As usual, our summer activities have been a varied mix of mostly outdoor activities. We started off by returning to Maddingly Hall to play for the Arthur Rank Hospice Summer Ball, we’ve played for this event for the last few years and it’s always a fun and glamorous evening.
After this we were into May Ball season. We played for the Trinity Hall May Ball where we were in the stunning senior common room doing an hour of mostly classical pieces. We played for a room full of people who wanted to escape the drum and bass which was going on in the courtyard outside. We were originally due to perform at Queens’ too, but a change in their scheduling would have moved our set to 4am, and we’re all getting a bit old to do that!
We also returned to Haslingfield to play at their village fete on the green. We played there last year where the weather was somewhat threatening, slightly cold and very windy. This year couldn’t have been more different – calm, sunny, warm weather and loads of people turned out. We also got the chance to temporarily welcome Angela back into the quartet. John wasn’t able to make this date, so Angela came back to take the alto role and the people of Haslingfield got to see our former line up reunited again. We also got the chance to advertise our main summer event – Swing into Summer.
It’s always nice when we get the chance to host our own concert. We’ve done a few of these and we leaped at the chance to come and play when Haslingfield Church invited us to play there. As this was a summer concert we went towards the lighter end of our repertoire with two 45 minute sets of jazz and swing pieces, with some other material thrown in for variety. We were very pleased to see a great turn out for the event, and are very pleased to report that the evening raised £560 towards the church’s Malawi appeal.
We’re all off on our holidays so the next couple of months are a bit quieter, but we’ve got some weddings and other summer parties in the diary, before our next big event which will be a return to Barton Church in September to do a concert of music from all around the world.