Hatstand Opera at Holywell House SOLD OUT!

Rehearsing in a 'disco' marquee, with a 'chill-out' tent behind!

Rehearsing in a 'disco' marquee, with a 'chill-out' tent behind!

Our Vocal Vices performance at Holywell House on Sunday 13 September has completely SOLD OUT  – over four weeks in advance! It’s a superb result for the organisers, who are a small committee raising funds for their charity The Pinder Centre. We think it’s been such a success because of three main factors:

1. The performance is at lunchtime, and your ticket prices includes lunch! What could be better than lunch in an English garden, followed by our fun and entertaining show? Also, many of our older audience members appreciate an event where they don’t have to drive home long distances in the dark afterwards.

2. The tickets are just £15 each. And that includes a “French-style’ lunch. It’s a great idea as the catering is a doddle; cheeses, meats, French bread and salads, with a choice of two tasty desserts in the interval. No fancy frills, just good value entertainment and no-fuss food. Perfect.

3. The venue is exclusive – yet free! Thanks to the generosity of Lady Clarendon, our performance makes use of a marquee that’s already in her garden, and which otherwise would be standing empty until the hire firm comes to collect it midweek. It’s a trick we’ve used many times before, and it saves hardworking charity fundraisers hundreds of pounds over hiring a venue or their own marquee. (Hint: your local vicar often knows when wedding parties are happening which might involve marquees, or keep an ear open for friends and neighbours having parties for significant birthdays…)

So, congratulations to the Pinder Centre committee, and call Hatstand Opera now on 01252 511762 if you’d like to replicate their charity fundraising success in 2010!

Suit You, Sir!

Nice threads, boys....

Nice threads, boys....

Several people have commented on the natty new suits our gentlemen singers are wearing in the Vocal Vices publicity shots. We love them too!

They are genuine American Zoot suits, bought from an Italian suit company based in Harlem, New York. Finding them involved hours of research on the web, careful measurement of our tenor’s shoulder width to check he would fit into his jacket, and equally careful colour choices to ensure all the chaps looked great!

One thing we had not quite bargained on was the level of import duty and taxes we would need to pay, to get the suits into the UK. By the time we’d paid all the monies due and the postage, the price had almost doubled, but hey, who cares. Only the best for our boys…

Remember, if you’re interested in raising cash for your favourite charity with a summer performance of Vocal Vices, get your hands on our Charity Fundraising Outdoor Opera Guide – it’s free!