What a great time we had at the Edinburgh fringe, performing six sellout shows. We premiered a brand new piece by Eugene Skeef, which went down a storm and had everyone grooving! Our gingerbread men supplies constantly needed topping up due to some hungry Wrigglers. Thank you to Helen at Stockbridge Church who ensured that our hard working audiences were refreshed!
Our colouring competition winner Nancy won a family ticket to one of our shows and we were delighted to meet her on the Tuesday!
After a busy year, and a hectic festival (we both performed elsewhere and attended as many shows as was humanly possible!) we’ve been away on holiday with our families and are ready to start another exciting season of concerts! Time to dust off our instruments and wake up those Wrigglers!
It has been a busy month behind the scenes at Recitals for Wrigglers, following the success of our birthday week and leading up to our fringe shows in a few weeks time.
Clea has been volunteering in Croatia at the Balkans Summer Camp, working with children with special needs.
It’s always tricky to fit in rehearsals when we’re both in the same country, let alone when one of us is overseas, and sometimes Skype is the only answer.
We have been researching and arranging music for our new ‘Wriggle Around the World’ programme for our Edinburgh fringe shows (24-29 August). It is always exciting to put together a new programme of music and we have enjoyed finding, writing and arranging some fantastic and interesting new pieces. Even more exciting is that the hugely talented South African percussionist and composer Eugene Skeef has written a piece for us, which arrived last week. It goes without saying that it is brilliant and we can’t wait to rehearse it properly when Clea and I are in the same country! More about the lovely Eugene here;
We have been working closely with Marketing Consultant Emma Walker, Founder and Director of A Stay at Home CEO. She has been busy organising our press releases, along with a million other things that we just don’t have the time, or the the skills, to carry out. She also writes about issues affecting women and the workplace. We probably drive her crazy with our inane questions and artistic brains, but she always deals with things patiently and efficiently with a smile! You can read more about Emma by following this link;
So even with Clea now away in London and me rehearsing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh this week, we are still well ahead with putting together our programme. All I can say is thank goodness for technology!
Wow! What an amazing week. We had our first ever concert in Balerno and will definitely return. We also had a new helper, Rhi, on the door who made it possible.
Tuesday took us to Morningside. Great turn out and really nice time relaxing and chatting to mums and wrigglers afterwards.
Wednesday – we were getting good at this programme by now! – South Queensferry. The number of reservations meant that we needed to move into a bigger hall!! Let’s hope we can do that again!
Thursday – off to Cramond. Once again – the numbers were high. We love this venue with it’s colourful beanbags and lovely ‘cafe’ type area for apres gig socialising! The cakes were a big hit here.
Last day of this Birthday run was in Stockbridge Library. 64 adult reservations!! That means at least 64 children! Will need to make enquiries about Murrayfield stadium next! We love this venue and the staff are so helpful. Also our wonderful Kirsten juggled being on the door, looking after Louise’s bairns, taking photos and selling cakes! What would we do without her!
Thank you all for your support! We would welcome any feedback good or bad. We are wondering whether it might be worth doing two sittings – a baby concert and then a toddler one – slightly more tailored to the different age groups. Any thoughts?
Next stop the Edinburgh Fringe 24th August at Stockbridge Church. See you there!!
Clea and Louise
Feeling smug now I have blog app on my mobile!! Are you ready for my stream of consciousness?!
Welcome to our new blog! This is lift-off! Still trying to work out the widgets!
We have been rehearsing for next weeks birthday recitals (we are 1!) As often is the way when we struggle to find a moment – Louise’s wrigglers have ‘helped’ us by listening and wriggling!
More to come soon if this posts ok!!