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Friday, 23 October 2009

Doves and London Bulgarian Choir - amazing!

I was privileged to be able to attend one of the Electric Proms events at Camden's Roundhouse last night.

Headlining were Doves, featuring the London Bulgarian Choir, with whom my friend Ann sings. They were supported by Magazine, a post-punk band formed by a former member of The Buzzcocks.

I absolutely love live music, and, were it not for Beth's spinal surgery, I would be a little disappointed that the first 'proper' gig I attended in 2009 was in late October. But what a pleasure to savour - the combination of alternative floaty rock with the strong harmonies (and disharmonies) of the choir were mindblowing. The arrangement was exquisite, and the band were magnanimous enough to leave the last song of the night for the choir to sing alone.

After the gig, I was fortunate enough to be able to go backstage and mingle with the folk from the choir and band - all truly lovely people, before we were all ushered out and made our way to a nearby pub. We ended up at the Monarch, who were kind enough to turn the in-house music off so that the choir could perform an impromptu rendition of some of their favourite folk songs. It was indescribable being among them in such a small space - the power of their voices intermingling made my ears ring in the most wonderful way! The remaining clientele (it must have been well after midnight by this time!) seemed to appreciate the performance, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

I can safely say - despite how long it took me to get home afterwards (we spent over an hour waiting for a bus that never came) - it is an evening I will never forget, even though I have only poor quality photos and video to show for it. That said, the performance is available on BBC iPlayer (UK only - quite probably for a limited time) in both audio and video forms, so I've had the chance to enjoy it again this morning! There are also some proper photos here: www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms/2009/artists/doves/photos.

Here are a few poor quality photos and a video clip of the night.. one of the most uplifting of my life.

The London Bulgarian Choir. Just... wow. #electricproms on Twitpic The Doves! JAMYEH! #electricproms on Twitpic
Photos from TwitPic - click them for larger versions.

Posted by james at October 23, 2009 1:15 PM

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