We’re off to see the Wrigglers, the wonderful Wrigglers of Oz!
Well, what a lot of fun we had in the UK in fabulous February! First of all we brought our show The Lion and the Mouse to venues in Surrey and London and had a great time wriggling in Weybridge, Twickenham, Chertsey and Barnes, before a fun week in Scotland with King Arthur!
The last time we played The Lion and the Mouse was at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and we love this programme, which is all about animals! Louise D enjoyed playing our arrangement of Saint-Saens’ famous cello solo, The Swan, and after every performance declared ‘I really enjoyed playing that piece!’. We had some very attentive wrigglers and their carers who enjoyed listening to it too, so it was a treat for all!
Louise B made the 420 mile journey to Edinburgh by car the following day with her wrigglers. The trip included an enforced three hour lunch stop at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, as her four year old decided to eat a coin on the way. Luckily all was well and the chunky £1 sized coin showed up nicely on the X-ray as having made it’s way to the coin eater’s stomach. We are still awaiting the clink as it makes it’s way out! A warning to all parents to check their wrigglers’ pockets for choke hazards. Fortunately it was a happy ending and Royal Lancaster Infirmary cheered up Louise’s wriggler with some cool stickers!
The rest of the week was less dramatic, thankfully, and packed full of exciting concerts. We performed our King Arthur programme, which features music by the wonderful Scottish composer Suzanne Parry John. She collaborated with us in our wriggler friendly version of the King Arthur legend, in 2017. I remember rehearsing this piece originally and it was interesting to come back to it. King Arthur requires us to talk/sing and play at the same time, which in our ‘other’ lives as orchestral musicians, is never required. I think that our multi-tasking skills have developed somewhat since then, as now these techniques seem to come more naturally to us. Suzy cleverly weaves her enchanted music throughout in this piece, which is a gift to play, and it is a nice contrast to the rest of our programme.
We performed King Arthur to a packed house at Tribe Porty, a great start to our week, and later in the week we made our debut at Tots Spot in East Calder. We will definitely be returning here, so keep a look out on our Facebook page and join our mailing list so that you don’t miss out! We had a great time at Honeypots in South Queensferry, and in Linlithgow, Marchmont and Stockbridge, and we are currently organising concerts here for later in March. In a few days time we will be flying to Australia to make our debut at the Adelaide fringe, and we are packing our cases ready for the big trip! It has taken a lot of organisation but hopefully we have covered everything; work visas, flights, concert venues, insurance, show registration, APRA (music licensing), biographies, show descriptions, press releases, poster design and distribution…yes, we have been rather busy. All we need to remember to bring is our music, instruments, costumes and our set. And our suntan lotion!
We are so excited to be performing at the second biggest annual cultural arts festival in the world (second only to Edinburgh) and we will be playing at four very fine venues in and around Adelaide.
We will be joining a wide variety of international artists at Gluttony, a cool venue within the popular and beautiful Rymill Park, in the East End of Adelaide. There are fourteen venues that make up Gluttony and we will be playing at The Bally. The entire area has been described as an ‘open air party in the park’, so I think that we will have a blast (once we have got over the jet lag!)! We will be playing fifteen shows at Gluttony and midweek we will be visiting three other fabulous venues in other areas within Adelaide; Holden Street Theatre, Norwood Concert Hall and Burnside Library. You can find out more by clicking here.
During our time off in Adelaide we will be organising our concerts back in the UK for the end of March/beginning of April. In the south we will be returning to Barnes and Twickenham, as well as making our debut at Little Street in West Byfleet. In Scotland we will be performing our Jump Into Spring programme at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (we usually sell out here, so make sure you book early) as well as playing many of our usual venues. You can keep up to date via Facebook and our Website.
Thank you for following us and ‘G’day’ for now!
Louise and Clea