Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

After the memorable experience at the Cultural Village yesterday, we were all very excited to wake up to a brand new day of wonderful sights and memories. We arrived at Ballanta at 9:30 and after hearing the spectacular sounds of the various musicians whilst walking up the stairs, I knew it was going to be a great morning of teaching. However I realised fairly quickly that most of the men and women I was teaching couldn't read music, so after a short warm up, (an essential and often chaotic part of the session) I attempted a crash course in Grade 5 theory, some of which I hope sunk in!

At 12:00 the singers in the group along with Angharad and Millie, made our way up to the famous band room. We were to have a rehearsal for a joint piece between musicians from both Wells and Ballanta and I think it's fair to say we were quite surprised at just how well the Ballanta band played together. We were thrown into the world of West African music, and after a joint Reggae rendition of the classic "I Will Always Love You", the band entertained us while we danced around the tiny attic room. After this we ate our beautifully prepared wraps which we are just about getting used to now, and then we met up with the JT group to travel back to the Comfort Zone.

As normal, the afternoon was reasonably relaxed with a few last minute rehearsals before dinner at 4:00. Dinner today was no normal meal, but in fact the much talked about deconstructed tuna pasta that James had been banging on about before we even left for SL! At 4:45 we left in the bus to go to the British High Commissioner's Residence and had enough time to explore the beautiful gardens before a group photo and some rehearsals. The concert started at 6:45 and everyone played wonderfully despite the heat and regular forks of lightning! The audience were extremely appreciative and over some delicious canap├ęs afterwards, we got to talk to the High Commissioner and his guests who were very complimentary of our singing and playing. To end the evening the band were in full swing and the whole group ended up dancing, including Mr and Mrs Meally who took little persuading to show off their moves!

I can't believe we are already at the end of Day 5, but I am sure tomorrow will be just as rewarding as today was.