So began our Berkeley concert day. After the short flight to San Francisco (or Frisco as I gather it is known), we were transferred almost directly into rehearsal. A delicious lunch courtesy of... continued
(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... continued
We’re now safely home in the UK and thawing out after an eventful week in the States. Here’s Andrew, with the final instalment of this tour’s travel blog.
“As Will explained in his blog about our sadly-curtailed stay in Washington DC, we decided along with the Folger Consort to leave town ahead of the arrival of Storm Jonas, and head for New York... continued
It’s been an eventful few days. Our intrepid logistics-man, Will Dawes, 36, tells all…
“After a few excellent days in and around Westerly, the group jumped back into our MPVs on Tuesday and headed back onto the I-95 for a mere 8hr journey to DC, We enjoyed the stunning skyline of Manhattan on the way, which reminded us that we’d be back there 5 days... continued
We had a great time visiting Westerly, RI, the first stop on our current US tour. Here’s Eleanor:
“After eight hours on a plane followed by three in a car, there’s nothing like a good dose of American hospitality to cheer us up and help us shrug off the jetlag. That’s exactly what we got when we arrived into Westerly, RI, on Saturday, and... continued
Emma reports on Stile’s return to one of our favourite destinations:
“I got more than a few raised eyebrows when I told people I was taking my five week old baby to Switzerland so I could work, but I explained this was really an unmissable trip – after all, it’s not every day you are invited to perform on a boat on an underground lake!
“This September... continued
After two flights and a modicum of sleep, we’re safely back in the UK. Our final tour concert in Columbus was a great success, and it was a particular pleasure to see so many of the students with whom we had worked at Oberlin in the audience. Any sore heads the morning after were offset by an excellent brunch at the packed North Star Cafe, before we headed... continued
Tom is pumped for today’s blog…
“Since long before the tour, I had envisaged that our day in Columbus, Ohio, would be my personal highlight for one very specific reason: the Arnold Sports Festival.
Synonymous for bodybuilding fans the world over with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s passion for the pursuit of muscle since he inaugurated the festival in the late... continued
Eleanor shows us all that hard work has its rewards…
“Leaving the others to get even more sunburned in Miami Beach, Andrew and I flew to a snowy Columbus late on Wednesday night. This was so that we could drive to the nearby Oberlin Conservatory of Music the following day. Education work is an important part of our trips to the US, and we were to lead the second... continued
After a week of tightly-packed concerts, Wednesday’s day off in Miami Beach was meant to be relaxing. It didn’t quite work out like that… Ben has the story.
“Frankly we’re pretty relieved to be waking up today with all our limbs still attached having spent yesterday morning getting up close and personal with alligators in the Everglades National Park.... continued
Andrew writes this report from a sun-kissed Miami Beach.
“It’s fair to say that after ten days in the USA, we have become connoisseurs of cold. There is the gentle, unseasonable chill of North Carolina, or the hard, desiccated freeze of Kansas City; then there is the gnawing cold of New York City, or the crunch of fresh snow in Boston. And... continued
Emma has a few things to get off her chest…
“They say a choir marches on its stomach… OK, maybe they don’t, but food and drink seems to be a predominant theme of conversation among this particular ensemble. Three things in particular have been occupying our various gastronomic thoughts:
“First, and with more of an... continued