A Glorious Night! BRAVO MUSIQUE!

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 . . .

Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra Arrives in London June 1, 2012

♫♥♪♥♫ June is busting our all over . . .The Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra, a cadre of some of the best musicians from Los Angeles and Orange County, California, Oregon, Northern California and Nevada converged on Los Angeles International Airport yesterday afternoon. Excitement and anticipation filled the air as we awaiting our Air New Zealand flight that would whisk us away from the USA to the UK.
4 PM and we boarded our flight. Thank you Terry from Air new Zealand for your gracious hospitality in the lounge and for your escort to our flight.
The flight itself was surprisingly comfortable, relatively spacious for economy and the food was great. Many read or watched a movie or two (or three.) Me? I slept most of the flight. After the work it took to get to this moment I took advantage of the ten hour flight to catch up on a bit of rest.
It was thrilling to be awakened on board the 777 jet by the captain welcoming “The Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orhestra who will be performing at the Royal College of Music on Saturday evening in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.” That announcement was met with applause from all passengers and flight crew. Wow!
Customs was a breeze. We met our tour guide, Janet, and our tour managers, Catherine Schulthess and Julien Petite. (John Schulthess will join us later.) We boarded our motorcoach and then we were off to Covent Garden to stretch our legs, grab a bite for lunch and do a bit of shopping. All of the UK is filled with a palpable electricity. Banners congratulating Her Majesty hang from most buildings. This is going to be spectacular.
We arrived at our accommodations, The Croydon Park Hotel. The hotel is lovely and very conveniently located to a shopping district and only a block away to the Underground Train Station. Getting into Central London by train will only take about 20 minutes. This evening we enjoyed a marvelous welcome buffet dinner at the hotel and have adjourned to our rooms to get a good night’s rest.
Tomorrow is the BIG DAY – rehearsal and our concert at the Royal College of Music. ♫♥♪♥♫
Cheerio – More to come!
Marcy Sudock – conductor

Hello Music Lovers and Welcome to MSLM!

Hello Music Lovers and Welcome to Musique Sur La Mer (music on the sea).

Musique Sur La Mer Orchestras travel across the seas to lands near and far to spread the joy of music, raise hope and funds for charities locally and abroad. Musique Sur la Mer is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the United States.

I will be blogging on a regular basis about what we are up to and how you can participate. I love to talk, write and share about our experiences.

Where have we been and what have we done, so far?

Our youth orchestras – Musique Sur la Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra (MSLMYSO) and Musique Sur La Mer Honors Chamber Orchestra (MSLMHCO) performed in France, the Principality of Monaco, Austria, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Ohio and of course in our home towns in Southern California. We have performed for sold out audiences in the Sydney Opera House, Musikverien-Saal, Mozarteum, Mirabel Gardens, Podebrady Spa, Salzburg Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, Teatro Nacional and of course, Disneyland. We have raised money to send teens with a disabilities to camp in Austria, performed for cardiac patients in the Czech Republic, raised money for a Maori Village in New Zealand, performed for seniors in care facilities locally and abroad, performed for children throughout Central America who attend one-room school houses and had not been to a live orchestral concert and for hearing impaired children who heard us play through their fingertips as they held on to our instruments while we performed.

Our professional orchestra, Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra, performed in London, England on the occasion of the wedding of HRH Prince William and his bride, Catherine Middleton. The tribute concert was performed in the Amaryllis-Fleming Concert Hall of the Royal College of Music on May 1, 2011. We donated the proceeds from this concert to the American Church of London’s Soup Kitchen. We raised in excess of $16,000 US to feed and cloth the less fortunate in London.

So what’s next?

This week MSLMCO, will once again cross the “great pond” and for head to jolly ole’ England to witness and become a part of history. We will be performing in the beautiful Amaryllis-Fleming Concert Hall of the Royal College of Music. This time we are honoring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee – the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne! At the same time we are raising money for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust. See the details below:

The Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor, Marcy A. Sudock, is comprised of some the finest musicians from across the United States. On 2 June (at 19.30), they return to London and the Royal College of Music. The concert will include a variety of musical styles. Also performing will be the Fanfares d’Elegance trumpets, American jazz vocalist, Leslie Lewis and obo soloist, Linda Muggeridge. Narrating the concert is eight time Emmy© Award winner, Mark Sudock.

A brief history of H M Queen Elizabeth II reign is told in the form of a modern fairytale punctuated by music. Selections include: Land of Hope and Glory (Elgar), Suite for Strings (Rutter), Red Pony(Copland), St. Paul Suite (Holst), Sing Sing Sing (Prima), Chronicles of Narnia and more. This concert will be fun for the entire family.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has been set up to honour Her Majesty’s lifetime of duty, and create an enduring legacy to her sixty years of service. The Trust is raising funds to invest in iconic projects that will make a real and lasting impact on the lives of people of all generations throughout the Commonwealth.

For further details and to reserve tickets, call 020 8325 8965 or
contact info@ukgrouptravel.com

While in England we plan to watch the Queen’s Floatilla on the Thames. (I have never before had the occasion to use the word “floatilla” before, hence I will use it as often as possible between now and the Floatilla.) We are planning to join the throngs of flag waving spectators and cheer as the Queen’s Royal Carriage Procession makes its way to St Paul’s Cathedral. We have a party planned on the night of the Buckingham Palace concert with dinner, music and lots of fun. Photos will be posted . . . let the blogging begin . . .

Upon our return home we hope to find like minded benefactors who love music and believe in our goal of utilizing the finest music performed by passionate, compassionate, great musicians who inspire peace through the international language of music; who raise hope and funds for charities locally and abroad.

I hope that you will partner with us and keep the music playing with both the Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra and Honors Chamber Orchestra and the professional counterpart, the Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra. MSLMYSO and MSLMHCO are part of the Los Alamitos Youth Center After School Music Program. Feel free to contact me.

Pip Pip, Cheerio – Off to London we go . . .

Musically Yours,
Marcy A. Sudock
Conductor and Music Director
Musique Sur La Mer Orchestras