NYO – Coronation Festival – Days 1-2

Hello from London. We have just spent the past two days rehearsing the repertoire for the Buckingham Palace Coronation Festival! Soon we will be performing on the terrace of the palace (I believe), filmed for BBC 1, in the presence of the Royal Family. Not your average July week…

I would write more about the music and the fellow artists. However, I am limited to telling only vague pieces of information, and this photo says why:

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Here are a few pictures anyway, from my perspective. More to come, of course.

Below is a photo of the ‘Octagon’. This was our rehearsal room for the past two days, a very pleasant one to say the least. As the name suggests, it has 8 walls, all of which are filled with colourful books. Well-lit and tall, the room provided us with a sunny, resonant acoustic. It will obviously be very different being outdoors and miked up at our actual venue.

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All I can say about the music is that we love it; the tunes will reach everyone’s hearts some way or another; Djeikub and I are definitely in our ideal realm here; and there are some extremely wonderful modulations, such as this one from E major to F# major:
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Meanwhile we are all enjoying the 30C heat and wearing the summeriest of clothes. Only Djeikub could pull off a faded Hawaiian polka dot tee and plaid shorts combo.
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…and we are feeling very patriotic indeed.
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Happy days 🙂

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