Patriotic for Jubilee!
This week I’ve been out and about tying up loose ends and getting set for the new Spring/Easter season. Everything is still very transitional with me never quite knowing from day to day if shows are going ahead or not until the very last minute. Covid is still very much amongst us and I’m constantly having to reschedule shows due to unforeseen eventualities. The extra paper work it involves can be exhausting but on the plus side my diary is full and I’m keeping my finger crossed for a super Spring/Easter season.
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of singing at
Horwood House in Mursely, Milton Keynes. I had been engaged to sing for a a special remembrance party to remember Anne, beloved wife, mother and grandmother to the Kilmer family as the family came together to honour her memory. I had been engaged to perform some of Anne’s favourite songs from the Hollywood movie musicals which is also my favourite genre of music too. It was a lovely afternoon and Horwood House is a beautiful country house hotel set in the Buckinghamshire landscape. Strangely enough I had never performed at Horwood House before and it seems to be one of those hidden
gems which I look forward to visiting again sometime in the future. After my show I had a walk around the grounds which were just delightful.
Between shows I’m constantly planning ahead – this year I’m investing much more into my photography as I build my photographic library. I still have a void when it comes to documenting my 1950s dresses. I’m not short of studio shots but when it comes to making videos, it’s better if my photos are shot on location as the scene contrasts are far more engaging. This is one of my projects
Taken from the Garden at Horward House!
for the Summer and Autumn as I already have a couple of shoots lined up.
Yesterday I was working in Olney with photographer, Ian Mellor. With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee just around the corner I wanted a couple of patriotic shots to advertise my forthcoming shows. I kept everything very simple yesterday; I just had two costume changes documenting the styles of the 1940s & 50s. I think Ian took over 400 shots, so between us, we should have the perfect shot. I’m looking forward to getting the photos back next week and when I
Behind the Scenes with photographer Ian!
do, my designer Karen will be quick to start work on my advertisements.
It’s so important to document things and this week Paul and I were so sorry to hear of D-Day Veteran Harry Billinge’s passing. I feel very honoured to have met and known all these wonderful veterans when I did. They represented an extraordinary generation and will be greatly missed. I will be returning to Normandy this September to perform at Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse on the 17th September for the towns Liberation Ball. The Ball has been
Paul and I with Harry in Arromanches in 2018!
rescheduled from June to September due to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and refurbishment which is taking place at the Salle Victor Lorier Hall.
That’s all my news for now.
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