On Thursday I played at Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire for a corporate dinner. The guests work for an Insurance comoany in America and were treated to a weekend in the UK which consisted of a cruise along the coast in the QM2, a classica car rally (in which they were driving the classic cars), afternoon tea with Princess Diana’s brother and a roast dinner at Ellenborough Park with yours truly playing live music for them. I’m guessing they sell quite a lot of insurance and make reasonable sums of money for their employers to be so kind to them.
The most outstanding part of the evening, I have to say, was the gravy. The chef at Ellenborough Park makes the most delicious gravy I have ever tasted. I got the recipe from him and shall post it on here soon!
I am starting rehearsals this week at The Opera House for Carlos Acosta’s new adaption of Don Quijote with The Royal Ballet Company.
The rehearsal period quite long before the gala opening on September 30th. Then the dates of the performances are as follows:
Mon 30 September 2013 19:30
Sat 5 October 2013 13:30 matinée & 19:00
Sun 6 October 2013 12:30 matinée
Tue 8 October 2013 19:30
Fri 11 October 2013 19:30
Tue 15 October 2013 19:30
Wed 16 October 2013 19:30
Fri 18 October 2013 19:30
Fri 25 October 2013 19:30
Sat 26 October 2013 19:00
Sat 2 November 2013 13:30 matinée & 19:00
Wed 6 November 2013 19:30
I’m always happy to discuss details of bookings in person beforehand, be it repertoire choices, the finer details of exactly where and when to play etc. and where better to do this than in the champagne bar (pictured above) at The Opera House? If you would like to come and see an excellent show and then discuss your plans than feel free to contact me and arrange to meet either before or after the show on any one of the above dates.
On Saturday 16th October the live ballet show will also be beamed to 250 cinemas across the UK, including most ODEAN cinemas, and in 399 cinemas in the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and Holland. Click here to find a screening at a cinema near you.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I played for The International Jewelry Exhibition at Earl’s Court in London. Every year the show attracts retailers, wholesalers, designers and dealers from all over the world for three days to exhibit their new products and talk everything diamonds, gold and silver. It was interesting to meet so many designers and artists and hear how they work through the design process and then realise their ideas and turn them into physical products, there is a real art to it.
Security was extremely high with cameras everywhere and plain-clothed agents wondering throughout the venue. I was told told there was £1billion worth of merchandise inside the building during the exhibition.
For all the beautiful stands and edgy new ideas I have to say I was won over more by the huge chocolate fountain on Tresor’s stand, as were most others 😉
There was also a slightly surreal moment when a huge security guard who had a gold tooth and quite an intimidating presence about him came over and said to me “that was a beautiful piece of music really delicately played, could you play that for me again later please?”
On Saturday I played for a wedding at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. The drinks reception was held outside on the lawn and the drinks reception in the dining hall.
I think this is a perfect venue for ex-Cambridge students – they can eat in the same hall as they probably did together during the time they were studying and, sometimes, in the same room they met their partner.
The Bride and Groom asked me to lean more towards my flamenco repertoire so it was nice to play some flamenco pieces that I hadn’t played in a while, including some Paco de Lucía pieces and some arrangements of Gipsy Kings songs that I have been working on.