NEWS PAGE & BLOG


Hello one and all and welcome to my news page. Here you can see me as my two alter egos the ever efficient secretary Prudie Jones, Evette the Spivette and plain old little me as you catch up with all that is current in my world. Regrettably unlike Prudie my spelling is quite frightful at the best of times due to my dyslexia so I shall apologise now for anything which might be shamefully mis-spelt. In the mean time I hope you find this page fun, entertaining and informative and become a regular visitor to my site.

Kind Regards

A Voice in a Million


Back from Newark Air Museum, Hampton Court & Off to the Isle of Man!

Hughingdon Manor!

I can’t believe another week has whizzed by and just how much ground I have covered in these last 7 days. It had been my intention to write a blog just before the weekend but as I was back on the road heading up to Newark on Friday I literally ran out of time what with everything else I needed to prepare for the weekend.

Hampton Court in the Rain!

If you follow me on facebook you will know I have been doing “The Stately Homes of England”some what this week. I had a meeting at Hughingdon Manor ( Disraeli’s place) on Tuesday as I’m due to perform there next month for Hughingdon’s 1940s weekend. I’m going to be running some dance work shops and I wanted to see the performance space again. It’s something new for me running the dance side of things and it will be fun to take on a new challenge. Certainly when it comes to the music of the 1940s I’ve sung it all so this will be a little different for me and I have lots of ideas I want to explore. Now I have a better idea of the space I will be cracking on with choreographing my routines.

On Wednesday my mother and I went on a trip to Hampton Court Palace with her WI. Although we all traveled into London by coach we should have

Inside Hampton Court Palace!

gone by Ark as it must have been one of the wettest days of the year. Fortunately the Palace has lots of colonnades and really one day just isn’t enough to see everything. My mother went round with her friend Pat as we met up at various intervals. I did my best to gallop round and see as much as I could in the allotted time which isn’t really the way I like to do things. So I guess I will have to make a point of going back again when it’s not so wet so I can at least enjoy the maze and the beautiful gardens. I’d also like to see Henry 8th s kitchens and tennis court which I just didn’t get the chance to do on this occasion.

After Hampton Court I just had one day to prepare all my shows for Newark Air Museum. Both Paul and I had been looking forward to this 1940s event very much especially as I had been booked to perform the full 1940s monty – by which I mean 3 x 45 minute non repetitive costume shows daily. This

Paul and I in the Victory Garden!

Taste and Try the 1940s Way!

included my full set of British and American uniforms, ATS, WRNS, WAAF, US WAVES and WAC plus my “Hooray for Hollywood” show and a glamour show on the Saturday night for the people staying on site.

Paul and I had a fabulous time. We both came up on the Friday night, Paul in his motor home “Gladys”, and me in my new van “Belinda”.  Belinda carried my rig where Gladys was needed to double up as my dressing room during the days. All the museum staff had worked especially hard to get the sight ready for the weekend which even included a 1940s taste and try and a victory garden.

I had been given a wonderful stage which was made from the side of a lorry and had been decorated with lots of patriotic flags. I took the decision to rig the stage with four speakers which was spot on as large stages often need a little fill in sound for the middle and over the weekend we had a steady flow of visitors many of which had come in costume. This even included one gentleman who brought his owl Kim and Anna the dog who came in her Mrs Mop costume complete with curlers.

Anna as Mrs Mop!

On the Sunday Paul and I were thrilled to see our friends Brian and Viv who had come to the event especially to see our shows. Paul’s singing is coming on a treat as he delighted every-one with his Frank Sinatra and next weekend Paul will be joining me on the billing as we head off to the Isle of Man. So thank-you to every-one at the Newark Air Museum for making us feel so welcome and for staging such a great event – here’s to the next one!

This Thursday Paul and I will be heading up to Liverpool and catching the ferry over to Douglas for the islands 1940s weekend. I’ve been booked to perform at various intervals on Friday 18th

Paul Takes Morning tea with Brian and Viv!

First Show of the Day!

Paul Shopping for Wrens Stockings!

August in the Guard House at the Isle of Man Motor Museum IM7 3BD to tie in with the visiting buses as and when they arrive. The Island has a long history with the RAF so I’ve been engaged to wear my WAAF uniform and perform all those wonderful songs from the 1940s. Paul has been booked to sing too and later that evening we will be changing into our smart togs for a concert at The Jurby Church, Church Road, Jurby West, IOM, IM7 3AY. So we hope you can all make it along as it’s also the weekend of the motor bike festival so there will be plenty to see and do.

This will be my first visit to the Isle of Man but I do hope it wont be my last. I’ve always wanted to perform on the IOM and it’s good to have the opportunity to explore somewhere different and meet a new set of people with fresh ideas.

Sadly I will only have time to write this one blog this week  but don’t worry I expect when I come back from the Isle of Man I will have lots of great photos to share with you all and much to tell you. In the meantime I still have many more photos from Newark I haven’t yet posted so keep watching my facebook pages which will keep you up to date.

Toodle Pip and Bye for Now! 😉

Wings Over the Navy!

 


Going Edwardian at Shuttleworth and Booked To Do The Full Monty in Newark!

Out and about in My Burlington Bertie Togs!

Hello every-one I’m back after another full week of shows which concluded with Sundays show at Shuttleworth Air Museum. I had been engaged to perform for the museums Edwardian Pageant which involved me singing for 2 x 45 minute sets in-between the flying displays.  The museum has quite a collection which features not only aircraft but many vintage vehicles spanning the years. What’s lovely about the Shuttleworth collection is that it is a working collection and most of the vehicles can still be driven along with the aircraft which are still flown today when they have special open day events.

For me Sunday started early as I needed to be on sight and unloading at 8am. Paul wasn’t able to join me this weekend so I needed to allow myself enough time to unload and change before my first set. My first show was at 9.30am which is much earlier than normal but made perfect sense as many of these aircraft enthusiasts like to arrive early. Flying didn’t start until 2pm so my job was to entertain the crowds in

Between Edwardian Sets at Shuttleworth!

Hanger 3 as numbers started to swell. I think one gentleman told me that the museum had sold 3500 tickets in advance sales and as Sundays weather was perfect it wouldn’t have surprised me if many more tickets were sold on the day.

I had been booked to to perform at 9.30am and at 1pm which gave me plenty of time to enjoy the event between sets. It’s quite unusual for me to have any down time when I’m working. Turn around can be tight and I often  find myself having to dash off to get changed ready for my next sets. So Sundays show was a bit of a treat. On this occasion I was able to do all the things I never get

Meeting up with The Suffragettes!

the chance to do which on Sunday involved me taking a ride on the vintage buses  and viewing the collection which was just delightful. I also had much more time to chat with the visitors which was just lovely.

I shall be returning to Shuttleworth next month on the 3rd September for the museums Heritage Day where I shall be singing songs form the 1920s, 30s, 40, 50s and 60s over 3 x 30 minute sets. So I hope you can all make it along.

This weekend you will be able to catch me in Newark performing the full 1940s Monty for the

Finished for the Day and Enjoying the Show!

Newark Air Museum’s 1940s event. I say the full monty as I’m down to perform 3 x 45 minute shows daily plus 2 x 45 minute sets on the Saturday evening. This will include Saturday 11.30am ATS, 1.30pm US WAVES, 3.30pm WAAF, Saturday night dance with BBQ at 7pm – 7.45pm & 8.15pm – 9pm. On Sunday I will be on stage for the same times again, 11.30am Wrens, 1.30pm Hooray for Hollywood and at 3.30pm I will be concluding with my US WAC Show “GI Jive”. Paul will be singing too so I hope you can all make it along.

That’s all my news for now but don’t forget you

All Aboard!

can see all my photos from the weekend on my Facebook pages. I still have a few more to post up which a few people have very kindly e-mailed to me. Next week I will be continuing to sing the music of the 40s as I head off to The Isle of Man but more on that in my next blog.

Keep Watching and Toodle Pip!


Flying into Shuttleworth with WW1 and Song of the WAVES!

Ready for Shuttleworth!

Hello every-one it’s just a very quick blog today as I’m between shows and I need to get on the road very shortly to perform for a garden party. This afternoon I will be singing the music of the 1960s and 70s and I still have a few things I need to prepare.

Yesterday was a bit of a day as my sat nav froze on route to my  show in Abingdon which was something of a disaster. It was the first time I had played at this venue so I didn’t know the way and after a few goes around the one way system I eventually found my way after three phone calls. One relies so heavy on sat navs these days when it comes to navigating town streets. When the technology

Going Edwardian with Reto Air Photographic!

goes wrong it cause so many problems especially when you need directions and the people on the street are tourists and don’t speak English! Still we got there in the end!

Afterwards it was straight onto A34 and down, along the M4 as I was in the recording studio last night just sorting out a few finishing touches for my 1940s showreel. I start filming the end of this month and I have another few films to want to add to my library which David and I will be working on in a few weeks time. 2018 is going to be a busy year I think with the commemoration of the end of WW1 and I’m already starting to get enquirers. Predicting trends is very important and I’m so pleased I invested in my Music Hall to Opera Showreel. It’s there for clients to see and if nothing else it leaves a documented record of what I can do which is very important.

If you have been following my facebook posts you will know tomorrow I’m performing for The Shuttleworth Collection’s “Edwardian Pageant” at Old Warden Bigglewade, Beds, SG18 9EP. I’m booked to perform in Hanger 3, 3 x 45 minute shows daily at 9.30am and 1pm so quite early and there should be lots of aircraft flying so check out the web-site for more details http://www.shuttleworth.org

Me as a US WAVE!

L & D Radio have asked if they can do and interview with me which should be fun to meet up with Alan again and as my shows finish early before the air show it will give me plenty of time.

I shall leave my blog hear today as I need to get down to the post office. I was contacted 2 years ago by an ex American US WAVE who served during the Vietnam years. Her name is Linda Mitchell and she wanted a recording of “Song of the WAVES” – “WAVES of the Navy”. It would seem I’m the only person in the world who has a backing track of this song as I commissioned it into an arrangement for my US WAVES Show and the arrangement also includes Anchors Aweigh. WAVES of the Navy was written by Betty St. Clair and was designed to harmonize with Anchors Aweigh. Last night I was able to make a special recording for Linda which I must pop in the post today. I have a feeling her Woman’s Military Group will appreciate this arrangement far more than a British audience as they will understand all the musical nuances like Liberty Bell and there is even a small reference to the Village People if you listen out for it!

Anyway must dash! Next weekend I will be performing for Newark Air Museum but I shall tell you more about that in my next blog. Keep Watching and Toodle Pip! 😉


Singing the 1920s to the 40s in Blaenau Ffestiniog!

Off to Blaenau Ffestiniog in a Bedford Truck!

Paul and I between Sets!

This week I’ve been back on the road performing a variety of different musical styles from Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking” form my “Swinging 50s and 60s” show to “On the Road to Marco” today, as I performed my  “Hooray for Hollywood” show in the town of Peterborough. In fact it’s been all go as Paul and I drove into the Welsh valleys for Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Vintage weekend on Saturday which started with my “Putting on the Ritz” show as I was engaged to perform the music of the 1920s and 30s at The Bridge Cafe for a special show that evening.

What’s so exciting about my job is I get to go everywhere and I enjoy performing many different styles of music. If you have every seen me on stage you will know I’m very particular about my musical arrangements and it’s important my act is unique and not something which has been put together from a CD bought off the internet. A great deal of thought goes into my musical arrangements which like my clothes are all tailor made to fit. I like to pick popular songs and have them arranged into medleys which are both fast moving and engaging to listen too. This weekend I was able to use some of my favorites as I combined the best of Hollywood

Putting on the Ritz at The bridge Cafe!

with sing-along as I sang my way though 70 numbers from Al Jolson to The Andrew Sisters.

On Saturday night Paul joined me on stage as we performed a number of songs attributed to The Great American song book. I also added in some fabulous Charleston tunes, my favorite being “If I had a Talking Picture of You”. I discovered the sheet music by chance in a Mrs Mills song book, although it had been a number I had long wanted to do for many years. It’s great when a plan comes together and this is a song which was well worth putting into production. I love the 1920s not only for the fun jazzy music but for the beautiful beaded  fashions which the flappers use to wear when dancing the Charleston. Paul dazzled every-one with his rendition of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”and it was wonderful to see every-one singing and tapping along with “Me and My Girl” and “Bye bye Blackbird”.

Enjoying the Vichels

The entire weekend had been arranged by Gaile Weir and was about bringing people to the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. On the Sunday the town took on a 1940s theme as local people dressed up and took part which coincided with Blaenau’s vintage car show. I had been engaged to perform 3 shows daily as I opened in the morning with my WAC “GI Jive Show” and I closed the day with my 1940s Glamour show “In the Mood”. At 12.30pm I performed a special show for the children who had come dressed up as evacuees. I already had in place a 1940s schools show which I regularly  perform in schools as Gaile asked if I could do

Under Cover and In the Mood!

something special for the children. When I work with children I like to harness their energy as I get them to sing along, clap along and do actions to songs such as “Run Rabbit” and “Yes we have no Bananas”. At the end of which every one who dressed up and took part got a sweet.

I confess Paul and I had been a little worried about the weather  but all in all we didn’t do too badly. My last set was at 3.30pm and up to then we hadn’t really had any rain until I started to sing. Just as I began my final set the heavens opened and most of the visitors made a dash for it along with many of the vintage vehicles. Fortunately we were under a canape with a WW2 jeep as the die hards stayed and enjoyed our final show huddled around the jeep. My friend Maxine Evans stayed and danced in the rain with her friend as I had an ambulance flash his lights at me in time with the music along with the little red bedford lorry which stayed to the end as we

My Friend Maxine and I!

finished the show with “There is Nothing like a Dame”.

Thank-you to Gaile and to Blaenau for working so hard to put on such a great event. I often enjoy performing at smaller shows far more than the larger ones as they are often more rewarding and it was lovely to see so many friends from last year.  Speaking of personal while I was on stage I spotted one man in the houses opposite watching my show from his sitting room with a pair of binoculars! There’s none so odd as folk as he only had to walk across the road!

Tomorrow I’m off to Epping Ongar on Wednesday, Coleshill on Thursday, Abingdon on Friday, Beaconsfield on Saturday and on Sunday I’m performing for Shuttleworth’s Edwardian Pageant. I only have to to perform 2 x 45 minute shows daily so a nice easy one for me. My first show is at 9.30am with my second at 1pm so I hope you can all make it along to see me. I’ve also been asked to judge the best dressed so I’m going to

Singing & Dancing in the Rain!

make sure I have a good stroll so I can see every-one in there beautiful out-fits.

That’s all my news for now although next weekend I will be performing for Newark Air Museum and I will have more to tell you about that in my next blog. Keep Watching and Toodle Pip! 😉

Ready for GI Jive!

 

 


Lunch in Wendover & Off to Blaenau in Wales!

Out and About in Wendover!

It’s just a very quick blog tonight to let you know I’m off first thing Saturday morning to sing for Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Vintage Car show and 1940s day on the 30th July. Paul and I also have a 1920s 30s show to do on the Saturday evening at the Bridge Cafe in the heart of the town so if you live in and around Blaenau it will be delightful to see you. Paul and I had the pleasure of singing for the event last year and we are keeping everything crossed for good weather. Wales is well known for it’s rain!

I haven’t as yet had my show times confirmed but as it stands our Saturday night show “Putting on the Ritz” at The Bridge Cafe will begin at 7.30pm and will consist of 2 x 45 minute sets. Then on Sunday at 10.30am I shall be opening with an American US WAC show followed at 1pm with my schools ATS show which will be encouraging lots of audience participation from the children. My final show of the day will be an American glamour show and I will be singing with my new

Sue at her Sewing Machine!

track of “It’s Magic”. I tried it out today for the second time and it went down really well with the audience so I hope the Blaenau audience will enjoy it just as much.

I’ve had a busy week, out every-day performing a variety of different shows. Tomorrow I’m booked to singing for a Hawaiian BBQ which will be something a little different and a first for me. To-day I was performing in Chalfont St Peter and stopped off for lunch at the Lady Grey Tea rooms in Wendover. Wendover is one of my favorite haunts especially the Antiques center and the shop Liberty Rose who make handmade gifts

Lady Grey Tea Rooms!

and sell lovely vintage trimmings. Sue Kavanagh who’s shop it is was busy today at her sewing machine getting ready to have a stall at The Countryfile Live event at Blenheim Palace which is taking place from 3rd – 6th Aug so we wish her well with that.

That’s all my news for now as I must get to bed.

Keep Watching and Toodle Pip!

 


Compering the Great Escape & Off to Wales & Blaenau Ffestiniog!

With Ian and Stuart Pope, Tom and Dick!

The Great Escape!

Meeting the Re-anacters!

This Saturday Paul and I were performing at Henley on Thames for “Intrepid Events” and “The Great Escape” which was billed as Heroic and full of high adventure. It featured a 10k course and 20 plus obstacles which included the Ives Climb, Cross the wire and the Bed-board carry while a group of re-anacters played the part of Germans and French resistance, shooting at the runners as they made their escape to freedom.

I had given this event a great deal of thought and both Paul and I were looking forward to doing something completely different.  My job was to compere and interview the runners as they jumped and swung their way over the finish line into Switzerland while singing a selection of songs from the 1940s so as to put the runners in the mood and to take them back in time to the second world war.

Paul and I had arrived the night before along with many of the re-anacters who were working hard on building the prisoner of war camp complete with barbed wire. Paul had driven up from Portsmouth in Gladis his motor home and as I had had a show that afternoon not far away in Lane End I was able to come straight on afterwards.

That night the weather turned bad and I hardly slept a wink as the rain was really heavy. However by morning much of the rain had cleared away and the sun was shining so we started rigging at 7am.  Fortunately Paul had a spare pair of Wellingtons which were much more sensible than my service shoes so I opted to wear trousers and my American A2 which was much more practical under the circumstances. The event organizers had kindly hied in a jenny  for us to use, only when it came to plugging in we found the fuse had gone in the plug but luckily one of the food stall holders

On Stage with Paul!

The German Bakery had a spare jenny which was a real life saver.

Over 200 runners took part in the event which was run over five waves. The first wave went at 9am with the last wave at 12.00 noon. Paul and I started our show at 8.30am and played continuously through to 2.15pm while I interviewed runners and read out facts about the groups and the individuals taking part. This included Ian and Stuart Pope. They came as Tom and Dick having lost Harry somewhere along the way and who completed the course in their British battle dress uniforms. Ian and Stuart were

Interviewing the Runners!

my first audience of the day as I met up with characters such as The Dodgy Builders, a group of chaps on their Stag do and The Barmy Army. First over the line was Lee Alexander and by 12.00 the rain was starting to begin again. Fortunately we didn’t do too badly with the weather and those runners in the first and second waves enjoyed the best of the day before the heavens opened.

This weekend Paul and I will be returning to Wales and singing for the Blaenau Ffestiniog vintage car show which takes place in the center of town. We will be travelling on the Saturday and performing that evening a Dinner Cabaret at The Bridge Cafe songs from the 1920s and 30s. On the Sunday I’m booked to perform 2 x 45 minute shows one uniform and one glamour plus a show for the children introducing them to the music of the 1940s which should be fun.

All Ready to Run!

That’s all my news for tonight as I must crack on with my show plans. Keep Watching and Toodle Pip! 😉


Belinda the Berlingo, It’s Magic & All Set for The Great Escape!

See You There!

Once again it’s been another busy week and I’m up late burning the midnight oil keeping up to date with my e-mails and contracts. I’ve worked very hard to generate a whole new set of customers for this year and I’m pleased to say that my hard work has been paying off. My shows have been selling really well and I’m now fully booked for some of my months. Also Iain my new web designer has been working hard to up date my web-site. I felt it was time to give my site a new look with a different colour scheme. I took some of my design inspiration from the TV show “The Halcyon” and between us we settled on the colours navy, black and gold which I think looks more up market as the red and blue I was using before would sometimes come across as garish on certain computer screens. We have also added a couple of drop downs so the content bar is less cluttered which I think has improved the look greatly.

Picking Up Belinda!

You might have already caught my news on Facebook but this Saturday you will be able to catch Paul and I on stage at Henley on Thames performing for The Great Escape Event. I’ve been engaged to host and compere the event which will be totally different to anything I’ve ever done before. The day has been arranged by Intrepid events who specialize in arranging obstacles courses for the fit and healthy. http://www.intrepid-events.com

From 9am – 12.00 noon there will be five waves of runners who will all set off on a 10k course which will incur 20 obstacles. This will include the

On Stage with Paul for The Friday Club!

Ives Climb, Cross the Wire and the Bedboard Carry not to mention tunnels, trenches, traps, streams, road blocks and border crossings.  Paul and I will be providing the entertainment in between times while interviewing the runners and team captains. 200 people have

already signed up to take part and reading through my notes we have some great team names which include “The Immortal Allies”, “Mud Sweat and Beers”, The Hangry Mincers” and “The Possums” to name but a few.

This is going to be an interesting one, and certainly when it comes to my repertoire on the

Out and About at Rockingham!

day there is going to be a lot of going with the flow and making it up as we go along. With an event like this anything could happen! So Paul and I are looking forward to doing something different and seeing how the day unfolds. I’m not sure how long it will take for the runners to complete a 10k  course but I guess we will find out on Saturday.

If you have been following me you will know that last Friday Paul and I went over to Aylesbury to pick up my new van “Belinda the Berlingo”. In the morning Paul and I were booked to sing for the Friday Club here in Leighton Buzzard so it was an exciting moment picking Belinda up for the first time after our show. Where Connie was white Belinda is a gun metal grey which I think makes her stand out from the crowd. She also has 3 seats in the front which just gives me that extra room for my hand bag and sandwiches. Paul often felt a little squashed in in Connie on long journeys so this is so much better.

A Run Out to Claydon House in Belinda!

It takes a while for everything to fit right and on Saturday Paul had arranged for us to go over to Northamptonshire as I wanted to have a steel bulk head fitted. This is important as I carry a lot of equipment and I didn’t want anything flying forward in an emergency. Afterwards Paul and I had lunch in the charming village of Rockingham and then on Sunday I took Paul for a run out to Claydon House for tea. I’m still getting use to her but on Monday after my Hemel Hempstead show I was able to take Belinda for her first long drive.

I was due at the recording studio, as next month I start work filming a new 1940s showreel and I needed to record my songs ready for camera. I also had a new backing track to pick up “It’s Magic”. This has been a long time in the making  but it was well worth the wait. When it comes to music Richard is the best in the business and like most brilliant people he is extremely busy.  I invest a great deal of time, thought and money into my music and over the years Richard

Recording It’s Magic!

has produced some fantastic musical arrangements for me. All of which have been tailor made for my voice. Thus making my act unique which is something I’ve very proud of. On the 29th/30th July Paul and I will be performing at Blaenau Ffestiniog for the towns vintage car and 1940s event so I’m looking forward to trying out my new track of “It’s Magic” then.

In the meantime Keep Watching and Toodle Pip! 😉


Vintage Garden Parties, Singing Hollywood and Meeting Belinda!

All the Fun of the Fair with Jack Rawlinson!

On Stage at Cavendish Memorial Hall!

Cavendish Village!

Cavendish Coat of Arms!

Hello every-one it’s been a very full on week having  performed seven shows in five days which have taken me to the village of Cavendish in Suffolk to Harlow and then on Saturday I had a Vintage Garden Party in the Buckinghamshire village of Stokenchurch before dashing home to Leighton Buzzard for a concert of movie music with the Festival Singers in the evening.

Of-course my week began with “Stars and Stripes” shows as the 4th July fell on Tuesday and my clients were looking for some American razzmatazz to celebrate their big day. On Thursday I was booked to perform my 1940s “Don’t Sit Under the Apple-tree show” for a Strawberry tea in the charming Suffolk village of Cavendish. I particularly enjoyed the drive as I love to look at all the beautiful thatched cottages on my way and it was a good opportunity for me to try out my new Sat Nav which didn’t go wrong once by the way – phew!

I’m a great fan of the Suffolk countryside and you couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful village than Cavendish. It looks like the sort of village you might see in a Miss Marple or a period drama as it has a

Garden Party in Full Swing!

Stop Me and Buy One!

Rehearsing with David Beer!

Rehearsing with the Festival Singers!

wonderful collection of beautiful cottages and the most enormous village green.

As my show in Cavendish was booked for the afternoon I was able to go there and back in one day rather than stay over and travel to Harlow the following day for my next show. This worked out really well as I’ve had a lot of paper work to catch up on in the last few days and I couldn’t afford to take a night off from my computer. There has been much to sort out after my accident and Connie being written off after that awful hit and run driver on the 22nd. I’m going to miss Connie very much as we had been together for five years and done so much!

Like many people I’m not a great fan of the heat and it has been another hot week. After Harlow I had a lot to prepare for Saturday as I had a tight turn around and it’s important I plan my days properly and I carry enough food and water to keep me going. With diabetes it’s important I keep my sugar levels up in the heat as I’m drinking more water and it’s easy to flush my sugars through when I’m working hard.

For the Vintage Garden party the client had asked for me to perform for my first set, songs from the 1940s in my ATS uniform. I had been a little worried about over heating wearing a full uniform in soaring temperatures. However as it turned out all was well as they had provided me with my own little marquee which gave me the shade I needed and a dressing room which opened straight into the marquee. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. For my second set I put on my Bridget Bardo pink gingham and sang songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s which went down really well with the audience. In between my sets there was a Punch and Judy show for the younger members of the audience while I caught up with Jack Rawlinson and his “Stop me and Buy One” ice-cream wagon – delicious!

My last show finished at 2.45pm as I quickly packed up and headed over to Leighton Buzzard for a quick pre show rehearsal with the Festival Singers. Curtain was at 7.30pm and rehearsal started at 4.30pm as we went through all the choral arrangements which included James Bond Themes, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mamma Mia. I was pleased to have the opportunity to sing through my solos with pianist David Beer and percussionist Jason Chowdhury. I choose “If I loved You” from Carousel, A Hollywood Medley of songs from the 1930s,  “The Impossible Dream” and The Best of Gershwin. It was lovely to use my dots again and to hear Jason play my drum parts which I haven’t used in years. When I first started out in show business venues had house bands which no longer exist but it’s good to have the band parts as you never know when you might need them.

Although it was a bit of a dash I really enjoyed working with the Festival Singers

and performing some modern Disney numbers which are so catchy. It’s good to sing something different from time to time and we had a really good turn out for the concert. People were queuing to come in as more chairs were needed for the audience.

What with all the events of the last three weeks Sunday was a day I set aside to buy a new van. I can’t tell you how difficult it has been as I’ve not been at home to look at the internet. Paul joined me as we found just what I was looking for in

Back Stage Before the Concert!

Aylesbury. Two heads are better than one. “Belinda the Berlingo”. She is a Citroen Enterprise and I shall be picking her up after my show this Friday. It’s just as well as I have to hand back my higher van on Friday at 4pm so all being well the hand over should click together and go smoothly. I’m fully booked again next week and back in the recording studio on Monday but more on that in my next blog.

Keep Watching and Toodle Pip! 😉

Belinda the Berlingo!

 


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