Friday, 18 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Fortunately we had two German speakers: David and Steve. David led the singing and introduced our songs in German, his jokes even raised a laugh. The festival, which commemorates the defeat of Swiss invaders in 1415, was well attended and we found ourselves singing to an audience of 4-500 on Saturday and over 700 the following day. It was just as well we had microphones and amplification.
We were glad we had decided to dress up since many of the Germans wore traditional costume. The women in our group wore mob caps, aprons and white blouses, while the men put on brown corduroy trousers, braces, flat caps and a red neckerchief. We sang Sussex by the Sea (a must we were told), West Sussex Drinking Song and Thousands or More in our first session and Fathom the Bowl, Rosebuds, Thousands or More and Jolly Good Song for the second set. Our efforts were well received. The local paper even described us as lusty, according to David.
SDFS was invited as part of a twinning delegation from Lewes, which included a lively woman’s morris side called the Cuckoo’s Nest and two stonking bands. We are planning to see if any other twinning associations would like a bit of the real Sussex to liven up their events. Gollier.
|The barrel is sprung|
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Looks like it should be an interesting day for all concerned.
David G has already provided us with a report, complete with photos, of the recent Horses at War event held at the at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (read it here if you haven't seen it already). John C has now received the appreciative email below from one of the event organisers.
We wish to thank you and your team for your greatly valued participation in our recent Horses at War event. Despite the Saturday morning downpour we enjoyed nearly 4000 visitors over the weekend.
We have received an astounding number of compliments and thank you letters from many of our visitors and staff, with particular reference to the high quality of the displays and exhibits.
Of course the excellent quality of the music and singing was integral to visitor enjoyment!!
Many thanks for all your hard work and effort towards making this event the success that it was! We wish you all the best and look forward to working with you in the future.
Sue and Kate
The Events Team
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
So thank you to everyone involved, we can all give ourselves a pat on the back.
Monday, 30 June 2014
Keith is a great successor and knows far more about the techy stuff than I do so the blog will be in even safer hands! Thanks Keith.
Right. Over and out. See (some of) you on Wednesday at the Beechwood.
Friday, 27 June 2014
Thursday, 26 June 2014
The carols will have another three titles added in time for Christmas: The Falmer Carol, While Shepherds Watched their Flocks By Night (Sweet Chiming Bells version) and Christmas is Now Drawing Near at Hand.
There is a training version of the last one already available.