A Valentine Serenade – 16th February 23
Working in the Recording Studio!
Love is in the air and it’s full steam ahead with the Valentine season with shows booked in for every day this week. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to include it but this week I added the song “Some Enchanted Evening” to my repertoire. It might have something to do with the fact I already have a superb “South Pacific” medley but this season I thought it would make a wonderful addition to my Valentines show “A Valentine Serenade” and as I suspected the song has been going down extremely well with audiences this week.
Last Sunday I was in in the recording studio with Richard working on some new numbers while planing ahead for Christmas 2023. In the entertainment business you always have to be thinking ahead and I’ve nearly sold all my show slots for December 23. For those of you who follow me will know good musical arrangements are extremely important and it’s all about finding those forgotten gems and presenting the songs in a new, fresh and exciting way. I’m so lucky to have Richard as my musical arranger and I came away on Sunday with some amazing arrangements which I can’t wait to perform.
In the normal world it might seem a little strange to be thinking about Christmas in February but
Recording It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
experience has taught me that as the year starts to progress the later months get extremely busy as the September Battle of Britain Season flies into Halloween, forwarding onwards into Remembrance and then it’s Christmas so it’s important to be learning these numbers now which makes it easier on my brain come the start of the Christmas season.
It’s surprising how it can take a while to grow into a number and for years people have been requesting for me to sing “Oh Holy Night”. For a long time it never fitted in my show plan as I felt it to be a little too slow & classical and would cause a show inbalance between,”Ave Maria” and “Silent
Getting Ready for Armed Forces Day!
Night”. Instead Richard has produce a wonderful Gospel arrangement for me which will solve this problem and I can’t wait to sing it. I also have the “Candlelight Carol” by John Rutter a medley of “It’s the Most wonderful Time of the Year” with “Carol of the Bells” and “We Need a Little Christmas” from the musical “Mame”. Lots to learn and plenty to get exited about especially as most of my customers have booked my “Fairy Tale Christmas Spectacular” show for this December and it will freshen my show no end.
On the 20th February I hope to be working with Peter on a new Christmas flicker book show reel and I have over 1000 photos to go through, which is exhausting but it has to be done. It had been my intention to record a medley of my Christmas numbers for the sound track but in the end I went with just the one track “It’s the Most wonderful Time of the Year” with “Carol of the Bells”. I thought these songs said it all and it would make the show-reel cleaner.
We’ll Meet Again – Armed Forces Day 24th June 2023!
I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been booked to perform for the South Bucks Armed Forces Day Saturday 24th June 2023 which is due to take place at The Crown, Hazlemere, High Wycombe HP15 7QA. I shall be performing three shows daily opening with my ATS 1940s “We’ll Meet Again” show. My second set will be Big Band and Swing and I will be closing the event with a Rock and Roll Proms so can’t wait! The event is to raise money for Ssafa, which is the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity. We are looking for any-one who might like to donate a raffle prize and if you think you can help please e-mail email@example.com it will be delightful to hear from you.
Tempting Delights 26th February!
In the mean time don’t forget I have some wonderful events coming up including a “Valentine Serenade” on Thursday 16th February 23 at The Poplars Garden Center, Harlington Road, Toddington, Beds LU5 6HE. I shall be singing romantic songs of yesteryear for a vintage cream tea which is priced at £14.99 per head. To book email therestaurant@the poplars.co.uk or telephone 01525 872017 and ask to be put through to the restaurant. Doors open at 2.30pm for tea and my show commences at 3.15pm.
I’m also performing for “Tempting Delights” on Sunday 26th February at Taz Coffee House, 58 Ealesdon Street, Coventry CV5 6EJ. https://www.tazcoffeehouse.co.uk/
Taz Coffee House is a fantastic Eastern restaurant serving a wonderful selection of coffee, cakes and Eastern cuisine. I will be singing 20 minutes on 20 minutes off vintage music from the 1920s, 30s, 40s & 50s from 11am through to 4pm. Set price 14.99 which includes a delicious choice of wraps and cakes served with a drink . To book Tel 024 7674 4963 or Whats App 07744 809006.
Keep Following Toodle Pip and I hope you can make it along to a couple of my events!