Today I am starting a long weekend of driving. By which I mean a lot of driving, over a long weekend. Between now and Tuesday my trusty Audi will eat up over 1,000 miles of road, and I will experience the joy of performing in York Minster, Kendal Leisure Centre (?!) and King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Luckily, there is a lot of brushing up to do on our Christmas close harmony before we launch our new live programme in the US next month. So the miles will be as nothing as I go through a dozen arrangements all of which feature on The King’s Singers Christmas Songbook, in preparation for rehearsals next week.
We’ve done a few Facebook Live sessions recently, and have another one to look forward to next Tuesday, in Cambridge. These are great ways to reach out to our fans around the world, wherever they are, and let them know what we’re up to. We often answer questions from people, too, and one of the most-frequently asked concerns our rehearsal schedule and technique when a new member joins. This time around, we’ve spent more time with Pat than during previous transition periods – mostly because we have the new albums to record for the 50th Anniversary, but also because with David’s departure we want to make sure our standards are as high as ever. I’m pleased to say that the extra time is paying off really well and we’re creating some beautiful sounds both in the recording sessions and in live performance. It’s exciting to tour with the new group and present this sound to the world.
Right, time for me to head off!
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