During this unusually hot and sunny summer, we were lucky enough to be invited to perform in the Plantation Gardens in Norwich.
What a charming venue! It’s like a little pocket of Victorian paradise, a garden in what was once a chalk pit and is now bright and colourful. We also added a new warm-up venue to our collection—we’ve never warmed up next to a compost heap before, and once in a while the local, er, pungency was a bit startling to the singer’s throat.
Singing outside can often be very hard work as the sound tends to float away, but because the garden is shaped like a giant bath, and we had a wall at our backs, the accoustic turned out to be rather good. There were lots of people enjoying the gardens in the sunshine, and they seemed to enjoy us, too. And none of us actually melted, though it was very hot! Our singout was followed by very welcome cups of tea and slices of excellent cake, and several of the audience members complimented us afterwards.