(Our thoughts & feelings following on from the Concert in October – in five, easily digested chunks.)
I heard some comments from people about how impressed they were with the mixing desk at The Crooked Spire! Andy Onion is a magician in sound. He said radio mics for everyone would have been better (more money of course). His assistant had caught covid so wasn’t available (phew it got close to the team). The wheels came off one of the speakers and they wouldn’t let him drive onto consecrated ground in the churchyard (tombs underneath) but we managed to get his gear in the church on the Friday without too many mishaps. The church lighting (organised by the vicar) was atmospheric
Mary (and others) had difficulties with parking (where to go? How to pay?) and carrying costumes with heavy mirror too! Pick-ups by Peter and Martin worked fine. Martin had arranged with Derbyshire CC for the 4 musicians’ cars to park nearby and should have asked for more.
The cast even walked all the way back from town to their digs after one of the rehearsals and pub visit.
Margaret, Roger, and Peter did a fab job taking/selling tickets at ‘Front of House’ – esp. having two reserved seats for the mayor and consort. Sandwiches in the ‘green room’ worked well. No coffees were allowed in the chancel during rehearsals!
The huge sculpture made of knives from an amnesty – ‘The Knife Angel’ was in Rykneld Square immediately outside the church and the day before had been the death of Sir David Amess. This had a profound effect on the afternoon performance – especially as one of our songs in the concert was called, ‘Knives on the Street’.