Went down a storm.....the only storm in Padstow on Sunday
Singing outside in our beautiful country is always a risk, but our recent spell of hot settled weather certainly raised expectations for our July 1st visit to the bandstand in Padstow.....that is until we looked at the BBC weather app! The black 'cloud icons' with 'lightening symbols' beneath warned us of trouble ahead from lunchtime to 5.00 pm, neatly encompassing our planned arrival on the quay for a sing at 2.30 pm.
But it wasn't to be, in bright sunshine and with an almost cloudless sky, gladly accepting the shortcomings of the multi-million pound computers at the Met Office, the Choir had a great afternoon singing to an enthusiastic audience of suntanned and mellow holiday makers. Roger too reveled in the sheer 'Cornishness' (spellcheck doesn't like that!) of two of his rib tickling offerings from the local Poet David Prowse. Under the direction of our Mr Loveny and Deputy MD Colin Arthur, the Choir sang well, the buckets rattled, the seagulls swooped ........that's Padstow for you.
Struggling with the sun directly on the music, the pages of which were turning independently in the light breeze, our Accompanist Suzanne Brodie soldiered on and played as if nothing was untoward with the help of 'resident' page turner Lorena Ead, and the ingenuity of Peter Sharp who thinking fast on his feet, purchased a beach umbrella from a local shop. We had been requested to visit the 'Old Ship Hotel' upon our next visit to Padstow, and that is where we headed to be refreshed and sing our afterglow repertoire, again greatly appreciated by the passers by and the customers at the 'Ship'.
We had a great afternoon and all too soon, it was time to go....but we will be back!
Many thanks to Suzanne and Colin, great job, and Lorena too. To our MC John Ead, who managed to 'keep it all in' on this occasion, or so I believe. To Roger, for delivering the prose, and also to He and Owain for bringing in and taking away our equipment. Thanks also to The Old Ship Hotel, and Padstow Town Council for providing car parking and facilitating our performance on the day.
Our next concert is at 'Alstock' in Bodmin on 14th July, closely followed by St Meubred's Church in Cardinham on 21st July, where our Accompanist Suzanne will be demonstrating her considerable talent performing solo pieces on the church organ, you will not want to miss that.......
We hope to see you soon!