The postmistress was pleased to see all of the Ladies together again at Ness and Marks’ home for its 300th anniversary. With Ness and Marks’ horn of plenty filled with gifts, the ladies talked about the different creative activities they have been involved in. There was, as one would suspect, the drinking of tea (from an array of bone china teacups) and there was once again the sound of laughter!
Ness had written a quiz for all of the guests – this will come as no surprise to those of you who met the ladies at Can Serrat as they filled each of their days there with joint and individual activities. Jo, as ever, is wandering the world - her recent quests taking place on a motorbike. Ness was coming up for air following a heavy schedule of projects including her recent George Eliot residency in Nuneaton. Julie came out of the cave to share stories of recent and planned cross arts projects with photographers, sculptors, visual artists and musicians.
Among the cornucopia of Projects - Julie is planning new projects (and is revisiting some that have long been on the back burner) with Richard Battye (photographer), Michael Lyons (Sculptor), Steve Tromans (Musician), English Serenata. Performances and projects in the last two years included solo Foyer Fusion peformances and joint performances with David Calcutt at THSH, with Dave Reeves at PGR and various performances on the ‘On the Cusp’ tour with Michael Thomas (and musician Rich McMahon). More projects are planned in Leamington with Dave Reeves and Campbell Perry and a new ‘Love in Leamington’ set is being planned with Lucy Jeynes. Steve and Julie are also planning readings in Italy, France and also they are creating a new set inspired by ballads and music of the folk tradition which they hope to tour around the Scottish Isles.
Poems continue to be written inspired by THSH classical performances ( the CBSO and visiting leading International orchestras), Choral concerts (including Ex Cathedra) and a variety of folk Concerts. Julie is keen to attend more Folk concerts and to create new work created by these. On a musical note – over the next month - and fresh back from a tour in Milan where the Warwick University Orchestra and Chorus were performing concerts of Mozart’s Requiem – Julie is once again set to be singing with the Feral Choir of THSH, at the Big sing -a- long at Symphony Hall and in a concert later this month with English Serenata.