I hope you all managed to listen to Jeremy Deller on Desert Island Discs today at 11.15. It was a very interesting insight into Jeremy Deller’s life and work. If you weren’t able to listen to it then it is available on-line and will also be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Friday 11th January at 9.00am. Here is a recording of our rehearsal of Hallelujah (which was one of Jeremy’s selections) with Jeremy Deller at the rehearsal with us.
Just to let you know that Jeremy Deller will be on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 6th January at 11.15am. As we have collaborated with Jeremy on 3 different projects we anticipate getting a mention and some of our music may be played (can say no more).
We will all be glued to the radio although the programme will also be available shortly afterwards on-line. It will also be repeated on Friday 11th January at 09.00.
As you will know we were playing at the pre-show party at the Royal Albert Hall last night. Here are a couple of quick photos from the party and a very short Christmassy video.
We were delighted to receive the official video from the Isa Arfen Cat Walk Show on 20th February 2018 with the Melodians playing Voodoo Ray in the background. A great piece of music and a fabulous opportunity to play at London Fashion Week. Many thanks to Serafina Sama the designer.
I regret to inform those that planned on coming to hear us play at the Sutton event on the 24th November that we will not be able to play. Sutton have just told us that we have been allocated 20 minutes on stage with 5 minutes to get on stage and 5 minutes to get off the stage. As you will know our instruments are large and it takes at least 20 minutes just to set up for a small group and the same to remove the instruments. Plus, as Sutton do not pay for those taking part, we had put ourselves forward as buskers in order to raise some much needed funding for the Melodians. The amount raised from 20 minutes of playing would be very unlikely to cover the costs of hiring a van for the weekend and paying for fuel and any other costs. Apologies to all supporters but no alternative for us.
We received a memory stick from the British Embassy with videos recorded during our visit in June this year. Here is Rasputin played at the Concert.
On Monday 15th October The Melodians entertained at the High Commissioners’ Banquet at the Guildhall hosted by the City of London and The Royal Commonwealth Society. It was a wonderful evening.
The Melodians has been in discussion with the Tongan High Commission about a possible exchange with a brass band from Tonga in 2019. The idea came about from a previous player with the Melodians – Lady Berkeley (or Dido as we know her), when she visited Tonga this year. She was overwhelmed by the welcome she received from the Tongan people and delighted by the many creative and talented people she met. She came back to the UK with one idea on her mind – to put forward a proposal for an exchange with a Tongan group to Terry Noel for him to take forward. If funding can be raised, the Melodians could be visiting Tonga in 2019 to perform and the Queen Salote College Brass Band would come to the UK.
Viliami Lolohea, the First Secretary of the High Commission of the Kingdom of Tonga came to our rehearsal last night in order to meet us and start the discussions.
Here is a performance of the Queen Salote Brass Band in Tonga.
Looking forward to an interesting 2019.