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10 April, 2016

(Our in-house tech expert, Andrew, is sadly not with us on this tour, so it’s been left to this lucky mezzo to take care of blogging business – please excuse any technical infelicities! Katie)

Hello and welcome to the latest Stile Antico tour blog! This is our second trip of three to the USA this year, and we are hoping for slightly less chaotic weather than the last time we were here.

At the beginning of a trip like this I often feel very aware of the almost limitless possibilities that lie ahead of us. One thing that touring has certainly taught me is to expect the unexpected. I don’t think I’ve been on a trip here (or anywhere!) with the group that hasn’t somehow provided endless fodder for amusement, surprise and occasional horror. These events often cause hysterical amusement in their re-telling, even years later.

In fact, the group’s last visit to Seattle (our first destination) had rather less-than-ideal beginnings, when most of the group were delayed by seven hours on their flight over from London. Thankfully no such travel disasters befell us this time, and twelve happy singers spent a gloriously sunny first day of tour doing some of the things they love best: eating, sightseeing and singing.

Obligatory photo of members of Stile eating

Obligatory photo of members of Stile eating

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One major factor to contend with when travelling to the West Coast is acclimatising to the change of time zone: our concert in Seattle’s lovely town hall started at what felt like 4am for us! No amount of coffee in the city that gave us the world’s very first Starbucks could quite compensate for this, but there was no opportunity to relax when showtime came. Seattle has a thriving early music scene with knowledgeable audiences, and our programme for the concert also included two rather tricky modern commissions by Huw Watkins and Nico Muhly, both pieces commissioned for us by Wigmore Hall. We must at this point particularly say a big thank you to American Friends of Wigmore Hall for their generous help towards making this tour possible.

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[Click here for a tiny taster of one of our more whimsical works from this programme, performed by six of the group in rehearsal earlier today!]

Thankfully the good-humoured audience seemed to enjoy our programme of Shakespeare-related works, and it was then early to bed for us before a 5.45am departure to Berkeley, CA, our next stop.

So all that remains is for you to join us on another Stile American adventure as we pass through nine states, cover almost 7,000 miles (note to self: must plant some trees) and give five more concerts. Who knows what else might happen along the way – we just hope you’re looking forward to the journey as much as we are.