Last month Lucy, one of our fabulous Second Alto’s, turned 40. Well so she says anyway. She doesn’t look a day over 30 so it may well be she’s just got confused. So naturally there was a party, and all the BlueBelles, along with lots of Lucy’s other friends, were invited.
And this was really quite some party. There was a hog roast, enough alcohol to get even the most sober of the BlueBelles slightly tipsy and entertainment was provided by The Pete Allen Jazz band. We had first encountered this group when we performed at Marlborough Jazz Festival last year.
The Pete Allen Jazz band are just fantastic. In fact I remember Lucy asking for recommendations of bands to play at her party about a year ago, and when we saw them at Marlborough Jazz in 2015, my instant thought was – get them, they’re fab!
THe band played almost non stop for the whole evening right up to 11pm, but did take a short break around 9pm to partake of the hog roast! At this point, The BlueBelles decided they should take to the stage! And indeed, why not! I must confess to being a little sceptical about this venture as most of them had possibly had slightly more than a sniff of wine. However, it was a party and there had to be singing. We started with Lollipop, which all things considered, went rather well. Harriet even remembered most of the pops!
Spurred on by the confidence which is always gained from a round of applause, we chose Mister Sandman as our second number. Having performed this so well at Choir of the Year a few weeks ago, it has to be said this wasn’t our finest attempt at this number. Once a tiny little tuning incident was resolved, the song was performed well. We finished our set by singing Happy Birthday to Lucy. In fact she got Happy Birthday sung many times during the course of the evening! Amazingly we were then asked (begged) to do an encore – The BlueBelles are never a group who turn down the chance to sing and delight audiences. So we threw in a rendition of Baby Love. There was some confusion as to whether you have to be treated bad first or just go straight in with kissing and making up… But again it was a fun performance
On behalf of all the BlueBelles, I’d like to thank Lucy for allowing us to go on stage and sing a few songs. We are hoping to perform at the Marlborough Jazz Festival again this year. But the singing will all take place before any BlueBelle is allowed near something alcoholic!
About the Author – Jules Addison is Musical Director of the BlueBelles and can often be found drinking gin with the ladies or skulking off somewhere to have cake!
The Pete Allen Jazz Band – You can find out more about the band on their website at http://www.peteallenjazz.com
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