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O gentle (lack of) sleep

Latest 12 April, 2016

O gentle (lack of) sleep

Thank you to lovely soprano Becky for writing this instalment of our blog! 5.20am. Alarm goes off. Stumble out of bed. Find some clothes. Put them on.

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

On the road again

Latest 10 April, 2016

On the road again

(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

Beating the Blizzard

Latest 25 January, 2016

Beating the Blizzard

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

Snow on snow on snow...

On Tour 23 January, 2016

Snow on snow on snow…

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

Warm welcome in Westerly

On Tour 21 January, 2016

Warm welcome in Westerly

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

Going Underground

On Tour 15 November, 2015

Going Underground

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

Back Home

On Tour 8 March, 2015

Back Home

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

"We'll be back..."

On Tour 7 March, 2015

“We’ll be back…”

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

"O-H! I-O!”

On Tour 6 March, 2015

“O-H! I-O!”

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

Technical hitch

On Tour 5 March, 2015

Technical hitch

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

Crab and Lobster

On Tour 4 March, 2015

Crab and Lobster

Andrew writes this report from a sun-kissed Miami Beach.

Art Deco 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

Bottled water, free range eggs, and a proper cup of tea

On Tour 3 March, 2015

Bottled water, free range eggs, and a proper cup of tea

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

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