Last week saw the premiere of the chamber version of The Great Enormo at the Spitalfields Festival. Much smaller and more informal than a big concert hall, it enabled all the children in the audience to get up close and personal with the instruments before the show started, some youngsters even had a go at conducting with a baton. Michael Rosen at one point asked the audience who the people playing the instruments were. Most kids shouted out, “THE ORCHESTRA” except for the child next to me whose response was ” THE ORNAMENTS’. I suppose the contrabassoon player was quite good looking…
We were recording the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir last week. I hadn’t realised that the combination of an airless studio, 17 trebles and cassocks could bring on vomiting and fainting in such alarming alacrity. Now I come to think of it, some kid always passed out in our assemblies at school.
Off to Prague tomorrow to record the orchestra for the record and next week is Denmark for mixing. However, Jack Topping, the solo treble with the most effortless and beautiful high notes you will ever hear, is taking it all in his stride. He is just a normal 11 year old lad who is just as excited about beating me at badminton in his breaks as releasing his debut album!