Celebrating a Fabulous 50th
8 March, 2014
Becky blogs in Boston
“Our first full day of the tour saw us celebrate our fiftieth concert in the US! We awoke to brilliant sunshine and blue skies – well, most of us woke first in the very early hours of the morning, as the day was beginning back at home, but managed to doze off again until Boston morning began. Talk at breakfast was mostly competitive banter about who had managed to clock up the most hours’ sleep.
In order to engage brain and body for the rehearsal and concert, we all took some exercise of some sort or other – a brisk walk to a diner for an All-American breakfast, or a saunter to the Skywalk viewing platform in the Prudential Tower (below) with stunning views of Boston and the bay (above), followed by a bracing hike across the Charles River to Cambridge for our rehearsal. We could have walked across the river without the aid of Harvard Bridge as the water was frozen solid but this was felt to be a little too risky on a concert day!
It felt great to be singing in the fabulous acoustic of the church of St Paul, Cambridge again, especially as it is so forgiving of the croaks and vocal blemishes caused by hours on an air-conditioned plane and lack of sleep! As well as being our fiftieth US concert, it was also our fifth appearance in the Boston Early Music Festival and we were delighted that the audience were as warm as ever.
Despite the reputation of singers on tour, I’m afraid we could only manage one quick drink before the need for sleep became overwhelming. We made our way back to the hotel – choosing the option of the subway over another hour-long walk. I went to sleep determined to beat my colleagues in hours’ sleep achieved – but sadly failed.”