Max and I popped in to see them play an opening set at The Railway in Winchester on Thursday evening, though unfortunately Martin's plane was delayed so he was unable to come.
Martin returned late but chuffed to see his new company car sitting on the drive waiting for him. It was delivered home in his absence (after a last-minute panic when it seemed I had missed the delivery) so he has since spent some happy time poking and pressing and generally exploring the clever electronic gadgetry. It is dark blue with cream upholstery, for now looking very swish on the drive and Martin seems suddenly happy to go out!
It has been a busy weekend, too, with five members of Vocalium staying for the weekend so that we could rehearse on Saturday and Sunday and perform our concert in Wherwell Church on Saturday evening.
Dale had chosen some gorgeous pieces, I particularly liked Gjeilo's Northern Lights and Golavanov's Otche Nash, both of which have wonderful alto parts, but there was a good mix of old and new, dissonance and melody, not to mention a crash course in pronunciation for three Welsh pieces. Our small but appreciative audience were full of praise, and I thoroughly enjoyed my first concert with these talented singers.
Martin went down to fix the heater on Drifter on Sunday, so when I got back and had cleared the decks I decided to put my feet up and catch up on the weekend's papers in front of a cosy fire. Vicki and I managed finally to Skype, and we had a super chat. She has moved into her new home and has an interview with an online magazine later this week, meanwhile has helped new friends with some filming and play production as well as picking up a student of English (I suspect that studying at Oxford will help attract more) so she has a trickle of income at last. Apart from having suffered a horrible bout of sickness for a few days, life seems to be good and she was in wonderful form.
Rosie, too, seems to be enjoying her new proximity to both friends and central London, able to pop out with housemates on a whim, and managing to explore much within walking distance. However she ended up having to call an ambulance again this week for a child who split his head bloodily, so has continued to have some challenging times at work. Plus she, too, has been performing, having decided to attend a weekly drama workshop requiring her to ad lib. and think on her feet.
I cannot imagine anything more scary.
But great training for the real world.