I am writing this blog post on the hoof so to speak so I do not think I can add captions to photographs or chance the font, please excuse. I will try to rectify this later.
I have mentioned several time the importance to me of tradition at Christmas, that of keeping old ones and introducing new ones. Two years ago we began at the behest of Mr H to ensure we all were given a jolly good dose of Christmas spirit the week end before Christmas. The children no longer perform carols at school, we all work right up I till Christmas and so it was felt a big push the week end before would bring us altogether in a Christmassy feel. It works and we love it.
The weekend before Christmas we have started to come together in London and descend upon the beautiful round iconic building, that of the Royal Albert Hall.
If you have not been and you get the opportunity you really should try. It is just splendid. The sheer size of it set in the middle of London, the intricate carvings on the outside, the beautiful interior decor not to mention the outstanding acoustics within, perfect for musical endeavours.
Today will be our third visit for the Christmas Sing a Long, so popular, it sells out tickets very fast and people are coached in from all over the UK on day trips for it. Christmas hat wearing is not compulsory but it might as well be, everyone wears one. The compare and conductor of the orchestra and audience again will be Jonathan Cohen who unwittingly wears an extra event Christmas waistcoat, usually made every year by the same audience fan. It is really a jolly happy, clap you hands, sing your heat out sort of day. Sounds twee, but taken in the correct spirit it is meant, even our teenager ask during the summer months if we have purchased our tickets yet, set the spirit and happy tone for the festive season.
Today we will be singing our hearts out and being right royally entertained. I hope you too have a fabulous Saturday.