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Ballroom blitz, 26 July 2014

Posted on 31 August, 2014 at 3:45

Call it serendipity doodah, but Dyffryn House, which is undergoing extensive renovation, turned out to be the perfect venue for a choir that is doing the same.

Singing from the minstrels' gallery, Spectrum provided visitors to the National Trust property with a warm musical reception on a scorching summer's afternoon. Peering over the balcony and dazzled by the chandelier lights made watching the conductor below a particular challenge, but Dave turned the slight time-lag caused by his remote position to our advantage by slowing pieces and extending pauses to spine-tingling effect.

The choir were invited to perform by the National Trust as part of an initiative by Visitor Experience to bring the property to life: visitors are encouraged to play croquet on the lawn, take tea in the house, paint watercolours in the drawing room, and listen to live music in the hall, which was clearly designed for musicians with a glorious acoustic that complemented the choirs' vocals.

Listen here to a brief snatch of the choir singing 'You are the New Day'. It is a song of hope and appropriately enough happened to be the first piece that our new musical director heard us singing when he first walked into rehearsals...

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