And now for the final dose of my musical highlights of November 2011…
Exhibit C: ACM Gospel Choir
This gig saw me working with choir leader and vocal tutor Mark De-Lisser, who has been a friend and mentor to me over the years – it’s always great when we get a chance to work together again. As time has passed, many of the choir members have become good friends also. Musically a very satisfying gig (the choir sounded absolutely superb and the theatre was sold out…and who doesn’t love playing Kirk Franklin tunes!).
I was MD’ing this band. The ‘MD’ is the musical director and responsible for the smooth running of the musicians in the choir’s backing band. This basically involves knowing your own instrument part (of course) and also knowing everyone else’s just in case they don’t. There’s also a lot of mid-gig stage direction, queing section changes and generally making sure everyone gets though the gig in one piece – lots of fun!
Here are some pics…click to enlarge:
Band and choir left on a coach from London at 9:30am, arriving back at the drop-off point at around 2am the next morning. A long day but with over 25 musicians and singers on the gig, there was plenty of banter to pass the hours on the road. Electric guitar only on this one.