Blog 22: A big hello from Team Pig

September 26, 2016

A big hello from Team Pig!

 

We’re sorry for the radio silence recently: having enjoyed a summer off, we have hit the ground running in September. In the last two weeks we have visited five locations across the country, delivering ten concerts and three workshops.

 

We began the month in my hometown of Laughton, near Lewes in Sussex. We delivered a quintet gala concert to a packed audience at the Roebuck Inn, performing everything from Danzi to Gershwin. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the concert, in particular all the friendly faces that I recognised from my childhood.

 

Skipping forward a week and the madness begins… we have been completely immersed in Roald Dahl and I’ve loved every second of it! It’s been really special to share music so close to my heart with such close friends in the ensemble. 

 

We began the Roald Dahl September bonanza in great style, performing on BBC Radio 3 on the In Tune programme. In case you missed it, you can catch up with our snippets of Dirty Beasts, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs at the following link, until 11th October (check us out from 1 hour 25 minutes onwards):

 

Click HERE to go to the link.

 

No sooner were we on national radio, than we were whisked off up to Roald Dahl’s alma mater, Repton School. We enjoyed spending the centenary day delivering a series of workshops and an intimate evening recital in the school’s excellent music building. Whilst we were there we saw the fruits of an amazing Dahl-themed cake competition: the highlights of which were a crocodile-shaped cake and an incredible Bruce Bogtrotter-esque chocolate cake! 

 

A few days later we had a little respite from the Roald Dahl celebrations, with quintet popping down to Tisbury for (as well as a rather delicious cream tea) some interactive schools concerts, in schools local to Tisbury. 

 

To round off an exciting week, we enjoyed a Roald Dahl workshop and family concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre. The concert hall had such a beautiful acoustic, this coupled with a fantastically receptive audience led to a really fun day.

 

And so we come to the week just gone! We had the pleasure of being close to another of Roald Dahl’s old schools in Llandaff, when we visited Wales, and in particular Penarth Pier Pavilion, for a series of interactive schools concerts. We enjoyed two jam-packed days at the pavilion, delivering across several concerts to over 400 school children from the local area, as well as an evening family concert in the excellently intimate acoustic that serves the local chamber music festival so well. Again, a few more lovely cream teas ensued on the pier, as well as the attached beautiful views across the water!

 

We have a little time off now until our next Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music dates - the next time we are on the road is Sunday 23rd October, where we will be delivering one of the first concerts in the new concert hall at Wells Cathedral School.

 

Until next time!

Jon

 

 

 

 

 

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