What fabulous weather we’ve enjoyed this month—is it still summer?
Once again, I’ve relished performing for lovely people at many beautiful wedding venues. I felt like royalty at Carlton Towers, which is a “Grade I listed Victorian gothic country house in Carlton, North Yorkshire, England” and the family home of Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard. It was so exciting to perform at such an exquisite ceremony!
What was also a brilliant, but more unusual experience for me, was performing at a Bollywood wedding. I don’t often entertain at Bollywood weddings, as they usually require a specific nature of performance. But this time the bride wanted something different—she asked for classical and popular pieces selection. I did play a Bollywood piece when the bride entered the reception venue; it was one of my very favourite Bollywood pieces, “Kal Ho Naa How” (the piece is going to be recorded and filmed in not too distant future). It all reminded me of my enthralling time in Mumbai last December. Unfortunately, I was so busy that I ran out of time to visit the famous Bollywood Studio. I’ll put it on my bucket list of things to do in the future!
This month I also attended a bridal event at Bar Soba Leeds hosted by Bridal Emporium (http://www.the-bridal-emporium.com). These are girls who specialise in beautiful custom bridal dresses design. It was a fabulous evening, featuring a fashion show with a catwalk and many exhibitors. I performed on my electric violin during the drinks reception and after the show. I hope I looked glamourous enough to fit in with all the fantastic fashionJ!
And finally, perhaps the most amazing of the amazing…The Scandinavian Cruise! I performed my shows again on beautiful MS Black Watch, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. I visited Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Riga and Oslo. One of the perks of performing on a cruise is certainly the experience of seeing so many new places, meeting interesting people, and learning unexpected information. I was also able to find out more about my ancestry and heritage—do I seem like Viking violinist?!
What’s more, I maintained my fitness discipline and did a lot of training for quickly approaching TCS New York Marathon. Actually, running is a great way of sightseeing – seriously! When I train and run 15-20 kilometres I am able to see a good chunk of the cities I visit (although sometimes in a blur when I speed up!.So keeping fit and exploring new territory= a win/win situation! Maybe all this training will also lead me to winning the marathon. Seriously though, all I really care about is doing my best and contributing to fighting cancer with Cancer Research UK.
The bonus this month was that I discovered great news from my Alma Mater, the University of Leeds. The University was selected by The Times and the Sunday Times as…
***the University of Year, 2017***
What a remarkable distinction!!! And I think they fully deserve it. I’m very proud to be a graduate from Leeds Uni!
Goodness, so many fun and fantastic things happening—can October top this?! I can’t wait to see!:)