ANIMO had their first outing at 'Sounds at the Pound' part of Dymock's festival. It was rainy, sunny, windy, cold and hot all at the same time but we had so much fun! Everyone was so helpful and professional. They made us feel so welcome.
It was also Millie's debut as a page-turner (gearing-up for the Blackfriars launch). Millie's timing, musicality and quick thinking saved the day. Thank you Millie- you were a star!
Sarah and I started the first of our two sets with 'sunny' pieces determined to bring the sun back. After a few raindrops on the keyboard, my seat and Sarah's Alto flute case (!!!) we moved and played facing our fantastic audience, side by side, something that we'd never tried before but worked really well.
Our first set featured Tico-Tico no Fuba, Hartino to Feggaraki 'Paper moon' (a beautiful Greek song by Hatzidakis), 2 Piazzolla Tangos and, would you believe it, the sun shone thereafter! Sarah used her newly acquired Alto flute to play Piazzolla's 'Oblivion' and the sound was hauntingly beautiful. More please Sarah!
For our second set we played our favourite by now 'After all' by Adam Caird Andy Scott's 'Respectfully yours' a piece dedicated to Richard Rodney Bennett, Ravel's Habanera and finished with another Andy Scott piece called 'Salt of the earth' in which I played the kilner square clip top bottle... or, as Sarah calls it, the 'foo foo' piece...(do check-out ANIMO's instagram page for a video of our rehearsal lol). Our last piece was one of the more complex pieces we love to perform and a virtuosic one for Sarah.
It was such a brilliant experience for both of us and we are now full steam ahead preparing our launch programme and 8 pieces for our first CD recording.