This week run of concerts felt somewhat jinxed. After a lovely concert in Stockbridge library where the wrigglers enjoyed the new colourful rug we went home feeling in control. This feeling wasn’t to last however!
The following morning Aisling collected me little after 9am to go to South Queensferry – but I couldn’t find my music. We decided that I must have left it in Stockbridge library, but as it was closed we had a minor crisis! I rushed to my computer and printed off the copies of music that was available online and we searched our other programmes for possible replacement pieces.
The drama didn’t stop there. In our stressed state we then missed the turning to South Queensferry and had to drive across the bridge and back again!
We were still in good time and we managed to pull off the concert – with a few amendments from the printed programme. Most ridiculous of all was that I found my music on a shelf as soon as I got home!
After our well attended Morningside concert Aisling drove me home and as I struggled to get my cello out of the back of her car I put the folder with all our music on the roof. Yes, you guessed it – I left it there and it was luckily spotted by some perplexed pedestrians as Aisling pulled up at the traffic lights. We were so lucky it hadn’t flown off.
In other more organised news; we have registered for fourteen shows on this years Fringe festival and I have written an article for ‘Children in Scotland’ magazine. We were also thrilled to have possibly our youngest every wriggler attendee in Linlithgow – only four weeks old!
Go to our website http://www.recitalsforwrigglers.co.uk to find our April dates and also book soon if you want to see us at Holyrood Palace on May 30th
Wow – time is flying by! We can’t believe it’s nearly 2017. We’ve just enjoyed a busy week of Christmas concerts and many of our audience dressed up in some lovely jumpers. However – the Halloween week was also impressive on that front. We love it when we’re not the only ones dressing up for the occasion.
Talking of occasions – we performed at the Royal Holyrood Palace recently. What a privilege it was and such a great turn out too. We also gave a world premiere of a new piece by Suzanne Parry about King Arthur. It is the first time we have had a story with music running through it entirely – also the first time we’ve been required to sing while playing!
We’ve been invited back to the palace already – so look out for the date sometime in Spring.
We’re going to take a break until February are gathering some ‘ambassadors’ to help us with promoting the recitals in each location. Do get in touch if you have any ideas to help us spread our wings to new venues.
Have a wonderful holiday and fun new year celebration. See you in February!
Clea, Louise and Aisling.
Last month we had a full week of concerts and Aisling experienced the Wriggler fun as our new violinist. For the first time we played a recital every day for seven days!
It was our first time to the Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline. What a fabulous building and with a lovely cafe downstairs with great artwork on the walls. A perfect venue for us. We returned to Linlithgow Bowling Club and our regular haunts around Edinburgh. Talking of haunts – our next concerts have a Halloween theme to feel free to dress up. The story is our take on Hansel and Gretel – much less scary and with a Scottish slant. Louise will be coming back to play these recitals and is looking forward to seeing your outfits!
We also had a curious tweet courtesy of buzzfeed. I didn’t know whether to be offended or chuffed! What do you think?!
Keep in touch via facebook, twitter and our new website and we hope to see you at the end of the month.
Clea, Louise and Aisling
Wow – what a month!
Louise returned to Edinburgh with Clea for a week of shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We played thirteen shows – most of them at Stockbridge church and a few in the Zoom Club at Summerhall.
We had a great reception again and sold out a number of our performances. It was also the first time we had CD’s to sell.
Next month we have a full week of shows with Aisling and Clea. Louise will be setting up some performances down south – we are expanding!
As ever we are grateful for your ideas and comments – especially regarding new venue possibilities.
Do go to our facebook page to see more photos and to our website to get dates of our up-coming shows and to order our fabulous CD ‘Music for Wrigglers’.
We’re getting ready for our shows next month at the Edinburgh Fringe and excitement is in the air, as we have recorded a new CD! ‘Music for Wrigglers’ will be available to buy at the festival and is packed full of our favourite music. It includes a piece written for us by Eugene Skeef, which we premiered last year, and will play this year, in the ‘Wriggle Around the World’ programme. We have also recorded Paul Englishby’s ‘Moon Song’, which he wrote especially for our ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programme, and we will premier it on August 15th. We had a really great time recording the CD under the expertise of sound engineer Andrew Lang, from the Royal Academy of Music. The studio we used was also shared by the RAM theatre department, and the temptation to raid the boxes of costumes was almost too great! We resisted the urge to dress up, you’ll be pleased to hear, and instead concentrated on recording a broad repertoire for you and your Wrigglers to dance and sing along to.
Ben Newman has designed the CD cover and it is awesome! We love his work so much and he never fails to surprise us with a new and exciting twist on his bunny design. Here is a sneak preview from his website;
Ben also has a children’s book out on October 1st, so peruse his website for this, and other beautiful books and illustrations. http://www.bennewman.co.uk
Clea had a great time at Drumbrae Library’s family fun day, where she was joined by violinist Mai Kawabata. Mai thoroughly enjoyed playing the ‘Dance into Summer’ programme and she’s sure to be back again. This was a really enjoyable event and we hope to return next year.
Clea has been designing our new website, which will soon be up and running. You will be able to find out about upcoming events and, in the case of the fringe shows, buy tickets. You will also be able to order our CD, view our photo gallery and read the biographies of our Wrigglers team, plus link to our email, Facebook and Twitter pages easily. We’ll let you know when it goes live.
Time to get back to our fringe shows! We’re re-jigging both programmes for the festival, so even if you have already wriggled around the world, or experienced the ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ with us, do come and hear a new and improved version (and return home with a shiny new CD!). Don’t forget to book your tickets!
Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:
Sun, Moon and Stars
August 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 at 2pm.
Stockbridge Church – EH3 5BN (Venue 317).
Wriggle Around the World
August 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 10.30am.
Stockbridge Church – EH3 5BN (Venue 317).
Wriggle Around the World
August 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 at 4pm
Summerhall – EH9 1PL
Tickets on the door
…at least it was two weeks ago when we entertained audiences with our ‘Dance into Summer’ programme! We visited venues in Edinburgh and Fife, including some new ones in Aberdour, Linlithgow and Dalgety Bay, which we hope to return to in the Autumn. Sadly, we had to cancel two gigs as we had low ticket sales for these. This just demonstrates how important it is to book your tickets (it’s always nice to know that someone is coming!) and as soon as we had cancelled the concerts, we had a few people say that they were going to come! Had we known, we would have played for you! We had the opposite problem in Stockbridge and South Queensferry which reached capacity.
Our new team member, Aisling, made her debut with Recitals for Wrigglers at Morningside, standing in for Louise on violin. Aisling will be back for more concerts in September, a busy month for us as we are planning the launch of Recitals for Wrigglers South. Do tell any friends and family down South who may wish to wriggle with us!
Excitement is building as we organise our Edinburgh fringe concerts. We are playing two programmes at Stockbridge Church; our ‘Wriggle Around the World’ programme and ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’.
‘Wriggle Around the World’ includes a fabulous piece written for us by the South African percussionist and composer, Eugene Skeef, and the programme has an international theme. This show was a fringe sellout last year and we love the programme so much that we will be repeating it at the Zoom Club at Summerhall at 4pm on most days during the week of August 15. We don’t yet have a link for the Zoom Club concerts, but here is a link for Stockbridge; https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/wriggle-around-the-world
Exciting news this week is that the award winning film composer, Paul Englishby, has composed a piece for our ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programme. It arrived this week and it is beautiful. You can read about Paul here (leave plenty of time as he has done so many amazing things!); http://www.englishby.com/#!biography/c1enr
To find out about our ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programme at Stockbridge Church, you can follow this link; https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/sun-moon-and-stars
We are recording a CD in London in July and we are currently working on the playlist. If you have any suggestions of music you would like to hear on the CD, whether it’s a piece that we have played at a concert, or just a piece that you and your wriggler would enjoy, please do get in touch.
Let’s hope that the summer weather returns soon!
This is very exciting time for us – not only is the sun shining in Scotland but we have our biggest run of concerts ever!
We are going to play in seven new venues and we have a new member of our team. Aisling (pronounced Ashling!) is a fabulous violinist who is going to share future gigs with Louise. As you may have heard Louise has moved down south and so we are expanding. Aisling is been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and is looking forward to meeting you all. (Louise and Aisling will be sharing this next block of concerts.)
New venues are in Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Linlithgow, Barnton, Aberdour and Craigmillar. We really need your help in spreading the word – so if you have any ideas or contacts that could help do get in touch!
The programme is called ‘Dance in to Summer’ and includes some fabulous music such as Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’. If you need an excuse to put on some summer clothes – this is it!!