What’s more fun than playing show tunes? Playing show tunes with added pizza and wine. A couple of times a year the LGSW has a Saturday Fun Day, and this weekend was our most recent one. Like many of our activities, the idea for our Fun Days started as a “wouldn’t it be cool if…” discussion in the pub. 18 months later, the tradition is now going strong, and we’ve just had our third one. The idea is to have a nice long relaxed day of playing and socialising, and it’s a really great opportunity for new people to come along and try out the band.
This weekend was no exception. We welcomed 40 people to the Seven Dials Club in Covent garden, including a good number of new players. Most stayed for the whole day, but people are free to come for as much or as little time as they like. We have our next concert – Show Tune Crazy – coming up at the end of October, so we spent a lot of time playing the music for that, but there was some other music thrown in too.
Everyone settled in really well, and despite the early start within a short while we were sounding great. It’s really satisfying playing in such a large band, and in a bigger room than our usual Thursday rehearsals. The time flew by, and with songs from Les Mis, Phantom and Fiddler on the Roof stuck in our heads, we ventured out to Pizza Express for lunch, and some well appreciated air conditioning.
Appetites satisfied, and sufficient wine consumed, we took up instruments again. The afternoon saw us sight-reading selections from Annie, plus a full run through of Candide, and more. Plus the results of the quiz that had been running throughout the day (for once, with a clear winning team). Soon the day’s playing was over and then it was time for an evening in Soho taking with us the new friends we’d made during the day.
If you weren’t able to make it to this Fun Day, why not keep an eye out for our next one, happening in January. Subscribe to our mailing list at the top of the window to be kept up to date, or visit our Join Us page. Or if you don’t play an instrument, but want to see what we got up to during the day, come along to our concert – Show Tune Crazy – and we’ll show you what we can do.
See some more photos from the day in our gallery.