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Taking the bull by the horns

Latest 28 February, 2017

Taking the bull by the horns

Three concerts in three days in three different cities has made for a busy start to our tour, but we’re now based in Indianapolis for a few days. Here’s Helen to bring you up to date!

“The early morning starts, courtesy of the dreaded jet lag, continued for many on Saturday, so once more a few of us could be found pounding the streets of... continued

Back in Back Bay

On Tour 25 February, 2017

Back in Back Bay

As we head down the East Coast to NYC for this evening’s concert, here’s Becky’s blog on our time in Boston.

“Day one of the tour saw us in familiar territory: the Back Bay area of Boston, where we have stayed on many occasions. The first concert day of a North American tour is always the most challenging. You feel wide awake at 5am but soporific by... continued

Another tour begins

On Tour 22 February, 2017

Another tour begins

We’re packing our bags once again ahead of tomorrow’s transatlantic flight, and can’t wait to spend the next ten days in the US and Canada. We begin our tour in Cambridge, MA, under the auspices of the Boston Early Music Festival – our earliest and most loyal supporters in the US – before heading onward to New York City, Dallas, Indianapolis,... continued

Christmas in Leipzig and Riga

Latest 12 December, 2016

Christmas in Leipzig and Riga

After a very brief visit home, twelve weary travellers yet again set off at the crack of dawn last Thursday. Our spirits were kept high, however, by the prospect of our upcoming performances: the celebrated Leipzig Gewandhaus followed by our Latvian debut! Luckily, neither of these was a disappointment. Like all Renaissance vocal... continued

Knocking Off in Knoxville

Latest 6 December, 2016

Knocking Off in Knoxville

We’ve just arrived back in the UK, after a whirlwind week on tour in the States. Becky has beaten her jetlag to relate our time in Pittsburgh and Knoxville.

“All too soon after retiring for the night in Kansas City, we were up again and bound for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (by way of Chicago O’Hare airport). This was the most difficult day of... continued

Steak Five

Latest 3 December, 2016

Steak Five

Kate has the lowdown on our two days in Kansas City:

“One of the pleasures of touring is getting the chance to revisit places. This tour sees us returning for the third time to three favourite cities: St Louis, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. Often this is a chance to return to favourite haunts, and sometimes it gives us a chance to reassess a place and discover... continued

Acoustic alchemy

Latest 1 December, 2016

Acoustic alchemy

We’ve just arrived in Kansas City after two great days in St Louis. Here are Andrew’s musings on the tour so far.

“Despite the rigours of a long day of transatlantic travel, our body clocks always remain stubbornly unbiddable, and it’s a fair bet that the chief topic of conversation at breakfast on the first morning in the US will be quite how early... continued

Advent Adventures

Latest 28 November, 2016

Advent Adventures

Yesterday’s lighting of the first Advent candle was our cue to pack our suitcases and panic about the whereabouts of our passports. Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking our Christmas programme A Wondrous Mystery on tour on both sides of the Atlantic.

We begin with a week in the US – our third visit this year – for concerts in St Louis, MO (30th... continued

Let the jet-lag commence!

Latest 19 April, 2016

Let the jet-lag commence!

Our final blog of this tour comes to you from Tom – thanks to everyone who has read this far and don’t forget to keep checking back as we will be back in the States before the end of the year! The day of our final performance in Milwaukee was a long one with the entire group of us (and our forbearing Houston hosts!) having had to drag ourselves out of our... continued
Minimalist blogging

Latest 17 April, 2016

Minimalist blogging

Thanks to Eleanor for our penulimate blog!

On Thursday night Stile arrived in Texas for the first time (not counting our brief stop in Houston airport en route to Mexico in 2010). We were looking forward to a double dose of warmth: both the Texan sunshine, and the renowned Southern hospitality. Luckily we received both: a group of kind hosts... continued

Full of beans

Latest 14 April, 2016

Full of beans

Thanks to Kate for being our blogger in Brattleboro. 

Having breakfasted heartily we loaded into two large people-carriers for the short journey to Brattleboro, Vermont. Fitting six people and six large suitcases into the cars was, as usual, something of an initiative test, but eventually we managed to fit everything in.

The day was cold but sunny, and... continued

Back to School/Tranquility in Concord

Latest 13 April, 2016

Back to School/Tranquility in Concord

A big thank you to Will for today’s blog!

After all the excitement of the lasers and excessive Bass (rarely a problem for me) in the bus from the airport, Wednesday morning in the State Capital of New Hampshire greeted us in familiar, English fashion: cold and wet weather right off the top shelf of grimness.  Most of the group... continued

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