An exciting update today! The first step has been taken towards the Northumberland Down Under 2018! We have booked the Blue Skies (http://www.blueskies.org.nz/) accommodation for our first few days of the tour! This is the time where we first all meet on New Zealand soil, greet new and old friends, and get to enjoy the warmth of a New Zealand summer in Christchurch.
The main focus of these first few days is to play as much music as we can as a group – sort out the strong songs, practice the weaker numbers, get our transitions correct, make sure we are all playing in a complementary style, and learn as much about music as we can from our wonderful musical director – Helen Capes. Helen in famous in New Zealand and Northumbria for her music, her passion, her talent and her voice, and I feel a guest blog post introducing her in all her glory will be forthcoming soon!
Blue Skies will essentially provide us with a musical retreat venue to make sure our repertoire is shiny and musical and engaging, and once this is finalised we head off on our adventures around the South Island.
We feel the name is particularly apt as our adventures will be through the blue skies of New Zealand.
If you have any questions about this element of the Tour please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.