6 April, 2018
We asked Becky to kick off our Americas tour blog: here are her memories of a lovely stay in Savannah, GA!
“We had very much enjoyed our time in Savannah back in 2011, so we were looking forward to returning for our second appearance at the Savannah Music Festival. After a flight from Heathrow to Philadelphia, followed by a bit of time eating and lolling, we flew on to Savannah, arriving late in the evening and certainly ready for bed.
“It was so refreshing to wake up to warm sunshine after a grey, cold, miserable, wet, snowy winter in the UK. Some people were up bright and early for running – well, one: Andrew – or breakfasting in the sun. Some time was spent at the rooftop swimming pool, sunbathing, swimming and taking pictures.
“There were plenty more photo opportunities whilst having a wander around this lovely city and Emma and Andrew spotted a couple of signposts worthy of snapping, particularly as both the named composers feature in the programmes we are performing on this tour.
“Savannah is obviously a hazardous place to wander around but happily we escaped without breaking any limbs!
“After lunch, putting aside any feelings of jetlag, we got stuck into rehearsing Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories for that evening’s performance. Our venue, Trinity United Methodist Church, had a delightfully bright, clear acoustic which buoyed us along for the afternoon.
“We were thankful that the concert was at 6.15pm when we still had enough energy to perform. I am constantly amazed at our ability to give quality performances after travelling long distances and having very little sleep! Tonight was no exception and the audience seemed to appreciate it too. We enjoyed chatting to some of them afterwards. Very friendly people!
“A perk of performing at the Festival is the Artist lanyard allowing entry into other events in this incredibly varied and diverse Festival, so a group of us decided to take advantage of this after a concert and went along to a jazz concert in a converted cotton warehouse. Sadly we only caught the last 5 minutes of the set by a lively seven-piece band (including the aptly-named trumpet-player Alfonso Horne) and singer who were fantastic, but we enjoyed toe-tapping along to the frankly phenomenal trumpet-playing of Terrell Stafford with his quintet before tiredness overtook and we walked wearily back to our hotel, sinking contentedly into our comfy hotel beds!”