Melodians Year 2014

A typical Melodians Year

2014 was another busy year for the Melodians.  Unlike 2013 there were no overseas trips which meant they were able to concentrate on a number of high profile London events as well as the 3 legs of the UK tour of the English Magic Exhibition.  The Melodians opened each leg of the UK tour with a concert including the 3 pieces from the English Magic sound track plus a selection of the audience favourites from their repertoire.

July was an exceptionally busy month with 6 engagements including 4 at London landmarks including the Gherkin and the Olympic Park.

Another highlight of the year was a unique collaboration with the resident choir ‘The Big Sing’ at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.  This was included as part of the opening concert of the English Magic Exhibition in October and included 3 popular songs sung by the choir and accompanied by the Melodians.  A film of this unique project can be viewed on our YouTube link.

During the year it became apparent that the Melodians fans were very keen to have an album of all their favourites including the music from the English Magic film.  As a result there was a search for funding and eventually sufficient funds were pulled together to enable a recording to be made.  For such a large group (now 34 players) this meant a large studio was going to be required.  The Melodians were fortunate to be able to record their album at BBC Maida Vale Studios on 22nd November.  The album is called Melodians Magic and was released as a CD on 11th December.  This can be purchased via the CDs page.

Date Event Venue
6th March 1st Leg English Magic tour William Morris Gallery
26th March BT Sports Relief Ball Grosvenor House Hotel
9th April 2nd Leg English Magic Tour Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
28th June World City Music Village Festival Osterley Park
2nd July Grove Children’s Centre Tower Hill
12th July Summer Fair Henry Cavendish School
13th July Commonwealth Family day Parliament Hill.
16th July City of London Festival The Gherkin
19th July Lambeth Country Show Brockwell Park
27th July Great British Carnival Olympic Park
3rd August 60th Wedding Anniversary Hampshire
16th September Private Party British Council
20th September Performance & Workshop Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
4th October Rehearsal with the Big Sing Choir Turner Contemporary in Margate
11th October 3rd leg English Magic Tour Turner Contemporary in Margate
22nd November Album Recording Session BBC Maida Vale Studios
6th December Christmas Fair Henry Cavendish School
13th December Annual Award Concert Henry Cavendish School

Here are a few photos from the year.

The concert in Bristol

The concert in Bristol

A really great day in Bristol

A really great day in Bristol

Fantastic audience

Fantastic audience

 

... and another one

… and another one

 

Workshop session

Workshop session

 

Olympic Park in July

Olympic Park in July

 

Outside the Gherkin for the City of London Festival in July

Outside the Gherkin for the City of London Festival in July

 

Parliament Hill in July

Parliament Hill in July

From above at the Turner Contemporary in Margate

From above at the Turner Contemporary in Margate

Another big audience in Margate

Another big audience in Margate

 

Arriving early at BBC Maida Vale Studios for the recording of Melodians Magic

Arriving early at BBC Maida Vale Studios for the recording of Melodians Magic

Concentrating

Concentrating

 

Time to relax after a long day

Time to relax after a long day

 

 

Final 2014 gig is the Christmas Concert at Henry Cavendish

Final 2014 gig is the Christmas Concert at Henry Cavendish