London calling… I played Gamelan with Nottingham Gamelan – Naga Lelona, at The Southbank in London on 7th July. This was part of the Gamelanathon, celebrating 25 years of Gamelan on the Southbank – Here is a video that was made of the event – Naga Lelona is featured, and you can see my hands quite a lot!

I’m went to Svaneti, in Georgia in August 2013. The trip is with Braveheart Georgia, organised by Madge Bray (Scotland), and Nana Mzavanadze (Georgia). I experienced first hand the culture and lives of the people there, who were so hospitable and generous.

Winterval 2012 saw the beginnings of a new tradition of pub carol singing in Belper and Derby. For the past few years I’ve enjoyed singing in the Millstone Inn in Hathersage, but have decided that I’d rather start more local singing traditions (and also I want to sing my favourite songs!).  Rough Truffles generally sing in the Queens Head and The Bulls Head, and Kaleidoscope Choir at Ye Olde Spa Inn.

Orquestra Bombo

Orquestra Bombo at Rich Mix, London

I sang for the first time with the mighty Orqestra Bombo at Rich Mix, London on Saturday night (14 July 2012). What an great atmosphere – cuban carnival percussion, brass and harmony vocals and afro-cuban/afro dance too. Big thanks to Vicky Jassey, Dave Patman, Raz Jayasuriya, Barak Schmool and all the Bomberos for arranging, organising,   conducting and playing this superb music! I’m looking forward to joining in properly from now on, and actually making it to some rehearsals…

Chevin singers on The Chevin July 2012

The Chevin Singers singing on The Chevin, July 2012

The Chevin Singers enjoyed a lovely walk and sing for their last session of term. After a cuppa at Lorna’s house in Farnah Green, we pottered off along a footpath, stopping for a sing by a tree on the way. A passing rambler enjoyed his own personal concert, then we walked a bit further for another sing at the bomb hole, picutred here.  Then back to Lorna’s for a scrumptious shared lunch.

On Tuesday 10 July, Local Vocals were filmed by Burton TV News. The programme will be out in about a week, so I’ll post it then. As ever, Local Vocals stepped up for the camera, and had a wonderful rehearsal!

I took part in Nova Guarda’s first gig at The Drum, Birmingham. We were lucky to have Fabio and Pepe from Monobloco singing and playing guitar for this gig. I was the proudest mother in the band, when Olly played his repinique solo with JP. We played a fantastic set, and the audeince had great fun thanks to the fabulous Marianna Pinho of Gandaia Arts, who got everyone doing Brazilian style line dancing!

In April 2012 I began co-leading Tres Cidades – a joint venture between Nottingham School of SambaCalidoscopio Carnival Drummers and Samba Cultura.  we are going to perform together under the name Tres Cidades at Brazilica, Liverpool’s Brazilian Carnival.

Shadow Puppet from the Wayang LokanantaI went to an awesome event on Saturday 29th April. It was in Indonesian Wayang, with storytellery (Dalang) Gamelan and Dancer. Here is their page.

Calidoscopio Carnival Drummers are celebrating their 3rd Birthday with a party on 31st March 2012. It’s at Bar One, Newland Street, Derby from 7.30pm. We’ve invited our friends from Derby Cordao de Ouro Capoeira, and also Geofest, Nottingham School of Samba and Samba Cultura to perform too. It’s free entry, but feel free to donate to support the band’s future growth. Beth set up Calidoscopio three years ago through Kaleidoscope Community Music, with support from Awards for All.

Local Vocals will perform in public for the first time on Tuesday 10th April 2012. The Leopard, our friendly local pub in Tutbury will host our performance as part of Community Pubs Month.

There will be a collection in aid of Scropton Riding for the Disabled. We will begin at 8.30pm and will be singing outside the pub under a gazebo (in case of rain) because we son’t all fit inside the pub!

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