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.
|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.