It’s 2:46 AM on Sunday and I am finally getting ready for bed. What a day and evening. It was a gray and rainy day in London and appeared as the backdrop for a 1940’s movie. We arrived at the Royal College of Music (RCM) at 1 PM, set up, had a sound check and then rehearsed until 5 PM Once everyone settled down we accomplished a great deal. Between 5 PM and 7 PM we were having our hair and make-up done by a wonderful team of stylists who came to the RCM to help us get ready for the big concert. Hair, make-up, music ready – we were primed to go.
7:30 PM on the button Mark and I climbed the stairs to the stage to be greeted by the orchestra and a full house!!!!
Mark was magnificent as he read the script to the totally enraptured crowd. Trumpet fanfare then the first piece of music – “Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian” – truly magnificent. The program continued with jazz, classical, a bit of Baroque and so much more. Linda Muggeridge was outstanding, performing the Marcello “Oboe Concerto in d minor”. A true high point (among the many showstoppers of the evening) was the “Suite for Strings” by John Rutter. It was exquisitely performed. Leslie Lewis singing “At Last” and “I Will Always Love You”, inspired a standing ovation. By the time we played “Land of Hope and Glory” the entire audience was on their feet, singing and waving flags. We were invited on stage for many curtain calls and performed an encore of “O Lady Be Good” with solos performed by Mari Haig and Marcy Vaj (violins), Toby Coles (trumpet), James Knight (tenor saxophone) and Leslie Lewis (vocals). The entire evening was truly glorious.
We raised a ton on $$$ for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust and solidified our place in history (albeit a footnote.)
After the concert we celebrated at a local restaurant and then back to our hotel as a gentle rain continued its steady stream. It was a magnificent night. I will share videos on our website and on Youtube within a couple of weeks.
Bravo – Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra – Bravo, Mark Sudock and thank you to all of you for your support and well wishes.
In a few short hours we will be on our way to the Chelsea Bridge (rain or shine) to watch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Floatilla Pageant with more than 1,000 barges on the Thames headed by Her Majesty on the royal barge. The adventure continues . . .