Saturday, December 06, 2014

Heckington Singers

An evening of Christmas Music by the Heckington Singers included several solo performances and readings including this work by Frederick Niven:

In Flanders on the Christmas morn
The trenched foemen lay,
the German and the Briton born,
And it was Christmas Day.

The red sun rose on fields accurst,
The gray fog fled away;
But neither cared to fire the first,
For it was Christmas Day!

They called from each to each across
The hideous disarray,
For terrible has been their loss:
"Oh, this is Christmas Day!"

Their rifles all they set aside,
One impulse to obey;
'Twas just the men on either side,
Just men — and Christmas Day.

They dug the graves for all their dead
And over them did pray:
And Englishmen and Germans said:
"How strange a Christmas Day!"

Between the trenches then they met,
Shook hands, and e'en did play
At games on which their hearts were set
On happy Christmas Day.

Not all the emperors and kings,
Financiers and they
Who rule us could prevent these things —
For it was Christmas Day.

Oh ye who read this truthful rime
From Flanders, kneel and say:
God speed the time when every day

Shall be as Christmas Day.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Fantastic show at Birmingham Symphony Hall by Rod & Gab. The venue was probably as daunting to them as it was impressive to us but that did not prevent them from grabbing some fans and bringing them up on stage to join in with rhythm support. Gabby's solo piece was mesmerising and jawdropping; it was as if she had a dozen instruments in a guitar shaped box. Inevitably, 'Tamacun' to end got everyone on their feet and rounded off a wonderful performance. Highly recommended!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

I am Baymax - How can I help you?

A handful of people from our business were lucky enough to be invited to a special advance screening of Big Hero 6 at Disney HQ in Hammersmith. The film was great and made me laugh out loud in several places. The art direction and attention to detail was all the more pleasing because I could see how much effort had gone into creating San Fransokyo following our trip to Japan. Put it on your watch list!