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All over bar the lobster

On Tour 14 October, 2013

All over bar the lobster

Last night’s concert at the University of New Hampshire brought to an end our ten-day visit to the US.  We celebrated with some excellent wines courtesy of Bill Kempster at UNH, and then travelled down to Boston this morning for our flight home.  After three happy hours spent eating lobster and riding the water taxi to the airport, we’re now... continued

Duck! Baby on Board

On Tour 13 October, 2013

Duck! Baby on Board

Stile Antico’s newest blogger puts the world to rights…

“Well hello there y’all! I am nearly at the end of my grand tour of the States, so thought it was about time I let you know how I am getting on.  As you probably know, I was lucky enough to win the recent World’s Bonniest Baby competition, and the prize was a trip to America, where would... continued

Hello, Cleveland!

On Tour 12 October, 2013

Hello, Cleveland!

Eleanor sends the following dispatch from the back of her getaway vehicle…

Rehearsing Tallis at St John the Evangelist RC Cathedral, Cleveland

“Like the previous day, today involved a lot of driving, and, apart from the small matter of a concert, not an awful lot more. As we headed from Cleveland to Pittsburgh with a few post-concert beers and snacks in... continued

Poetry in Motion

On Tour 11 October, 2013

Poetry in Motion

Becky’s blog takes a novel form!

“Since today’s chief objective was to cover 460 miles on the road between Vermont and Erie, our stopover point on the way to Cleveland, there is not much to report.  In order to avoid a dull travelogue, I decided to write this blog as a series of haiku poems.  One carload made an unscripted visit to Niagara falls this... continued

Turkeys in the Mist

On Tour 10 October, 2013

Turkeys in the Mist

Emma enjoyed our second day in glorious Vermont…

“Early risers this morning might have spotted some unusual fauna in the Vermont hills: a group of wild turkey, hotly pursued through the mist and frost by a lesser-spotted Andrew clad in summery shorts and grasping his camera.  Glancing up from his coffee cup, James was heard to wonder whether it... continued

Autumn in Vermont

On Tour 9 October, 2013

Autumn in Vermont

Helen clearly enjoyed our first day in beautiful Vermont!

“After Monday night’s torrential rain, we were all pleased to wake up to clear skies yesterday morning and a beautiful crisp autumn day. Perfect weather for a walk in the woods! After a wander round St Johnsbury, most of which seemed to be closed for the morning, seven and a half of us set out... continued

Confessions of an Errant Tenor

On Tour 8 October, 2013

Confessions of an Errant Tenor

Ben didn’t have the best of mornings…

Lake George, en route to Vermont

“Some bad things happened today. We knocked another hole in our carbon credentials with hundreds more miles driven by our convoy; some of us (okay, just me) succumbed to a late-morning burger at the Golden Arches. One car in the fleet (okay, yes, mine) put too much... continued

Touring for two

On Tour 7 October, 2013

Touring for two

Back in April, we had to leave Kate behind.  This time, she’s brought company…

“Anyone who thinks touring is glamorous has never spent their evening holed up in the bathroom typing a tour blog and waiting for a takeaway pizza to arrive. Odd behaviour? To be fair, the rest of the group are currently enjoying an all-expenses-paid dinner at a fine... continued

Lonely in Poughkeepsie

On Tour 6 October, 2013

Lonely in Poughkeepsie

Today’s blog is brought to you by a love-lorn Jim…

“Every so often, a day lasts a peculiar length of time; Saturday 5th October, for example, began twenty-seven hours ago and has still two to run. Touring musicians must learn to take this oddity resultant of crossing longitudinal lines in their strides, forcing themselves to stay awake whilst... continued

The Phoenix Takes Wing

On Tour 4 October, 2013

The Phoenix Takes Wing

As usual, we’ll be taking two different programmes with us on tour to the US.  Alongside Treasures of the Renaissance, which we performed and wrote about back in April (see A Tasting Menu), we’ll be singing our newest programme, The Phoenix Rising, which shares its title and repertoire with our most recent recording on Harmonia Mundi.  

The... continued

Back on our travels!

On Tour 3 October, 2013

Back on our travels!

It may be only five months since we finished our three-week April tour of the US and Canada, but on Saturday morning we’ll be heading back across the Atlantic, this time to broker a resolution to the government shut-down for a series of six concerts.  Once again we’ll do our best to bring you a daily blog (subject to wifi availability), and... continued