Monday, 14 November 2011

She Sits Among the Cabbages and Peas*

Wotcher! 'Ave a banana! Cor blimey! Martyn and I will be performing lots of Victorian music hall songs this December.

But first, on Saturday 3rd December Queen Elizabeth I will be opening the Medieval Christmas Fair at Dragon Hall, Norwich. She will then be fastforwarding 300 years to sing Victorian Parlour Songs and Carols at Stranger's Hall, Norwich, for the rest of the day.

Then it's Victoriana all the way to Christmas...

On Saturday 10th December we will be joining the VocalScore troupe at Weston Longville Village Hall for the full Old Tyme Music Hall, a fundraiser for both the local Church, and the hall itself.

On Saturday 17th December we will be returning to Blickling Hall's Garden Room with the Upper Octave !! This is modern dress and part of Blickling's Christmassy events schedule. We'll be there on and off all day, singing musical theatre and popular operatic favourites, so do drop in- the acoustics are great there!

On Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd December we will be back in the Victorian costumes for traditional carol singing at Gressenhall's Victorian Family Christmas. Other activities will include making an old-fashioned Christmas card, attempting to create the World's Longest Paper Chain, and entertainment from a genuine Victorian magic lantern show.

And then I think we may put our feet up and eat a couple of mince pies.

* or should that be 'She Sits Among the Cabbages and Leeks'??- either way, it's a song that got Edwardian music hall diva Marie Lloyd into trouble. Reassuringly, our Music Hall will be similarly filled with 19th century innuendo.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ding Dong the Witch is - um, slightly bruised! And Ding Dong Merrily on High for all the carols coming up.

...A very grainy picture, uploaded from my mobile, of me playing Witch Hazel at Gressenhall's Family Fun Halloween event last weekend. Predictably, I did indeed fall off (or rather 'over') my broomstick, and I have the bruises to show for it!

Throughout November and December, Queenie-ing will give way to carolling. Together with various musical colleagues I'll be singing in Victorian guise for carols at Gressenhall and Christmas parlour songs at Stranger's Hall. Then with the Upper Octave, more carols at The Nationsl Trust's Blickling Hall, and with Vocal Score an Old Tyme Music Hall at Yarmouth and at Weston Longville. Here's a picture from last year at Gressenhall...

Not forgetting (how could we) the final showing of the Upper Octave's 2011 Bizet to Broadway concert at Norwich's Maddermarket Theatre on Sunday December 4th. Here's one of our lovely photos taken, coincidentally , at Blickling Hall earlier this year...

Check out the 'See Rachel here' page for details of dates and times!