|Grand Pavilion Matlock Bath|
|John Pierce and myself singing Boheme Act One duet|
|Amita with two foxes at the Hodgekinson Hotel|
The next morning Shira and I were up and about, all be it quite tired on all accounts. So breakfast was followed my a 15 minute steam. I tend to steam not only when I have a cold but also when I have late nights, hours of travel and back to back concerts - its important to keep hydrated. The quickest way of moistening the vocal cords is by steam inhalations but caution must be taken to make sure that the water is not too hot - I have on occasion burnt my throat from really hot steam!
We all met up for rehearsal at 2pm in the Pavilion including Shira who was either stretched out on one of the chairs or trotting around the stage listening to all these phenomenal sounds. Kelvin Lim NGO Music Director at the piano, John Pierce - Tenor, Oliver Gerrish - Counter Tenor and myself.
|Shira and Oliver watch me rehearse|
|Zuleika prepares High Tea on Sunday|
|Shira takes a seat|
|Shira on stage.|
|Henry Conway at home by the Aga|
|Proscenium arched Stage|
|Kelvin and John rehearsing|
The last hour before leaving fro the concert was pretty manic. I think I could say one of the most manic in the history of all the concerts I've ever done. There was Kelvin taping up his music, me running around trying to find extra copies of music for everyone, packing my bag with shoes, make-up and the dress to be worn after the concert as well as getting Shira fed and pooped so that her next 3 hours in her crate would be comfortable. Shira was a dear during the concert despite a little wee in her crate. After she slept for almost 3 hours in my Barbour bag (now designated as Shira's) underneath my table at the Matlock Balti where we all went for dinner and celebrations.
|Lizzy on her horse at the house just hours before getting into her Georgian dress|
|John Pierce sings from the Paul Potts edition of Nessun Dorma!!!|
|Oliver and I thank say our thanks and explain about NGO|
|Me singing Summertime|
|Shira and I at the Barley Mow|
|Kelvin and the Scotch tape!|
On arriving at the pavilion half an hour before the start we all quickly realised that it was already filling up pretty quickly. According to my guests the organisers were having to put out more rows of seating due to the huge amount of public who were buying tickets at the door. Lizzy and Mike were already place outside the Pavilion to greet the guests dressed in full Georgian regalia, donned by two buckets of torches, red carpet and armed with a glass of bubbly.
Soon the hall looked like this:
And then we were all off performing all the famous Opera aria jewels and well known songs.