Friday, August 3, 2012

Tour in London & first performance

Today the Mark Twain Ringers performed for the first time in London in the Exhibition Road Festival. You can see the Mark Twain Ringers space in the program here.
The day started with a huge breakfast (they take good care of the students here) and the usual routine of the bellringers getting the bells, pads, guitars, and rest of the equipment, and listening to the directions of Ron Theile. They were not nervous. They have played so many times and have practiced so much for this that when the day arrived, they were just ready.

After our usual trip to London (around 2 hours), we had some really enjoyable moments, because the bus took us around some of the most interesting places of the city, like the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Saint Paul's Cathedral... There are so many places to see in London. The students loved it and took hundreds of pictures. We had a tour guide that was very helpful and was giving a lot of information about the history of the places, together with details about the history of England, and also some interesting anecdotes. This country has a truly remarkable history.

After lunch, we visited Saint Paul's Cathedral. We couldn't take pictures there, but the pictures wouldn't make justice to such an architectural wonder anyway. We went up some long, long, winding stairs with hundreds of steps, but we were able to say in the end that the Mark Twain Ringers arrived to London and reached to the top, literally. Then we went quickly to Exhibition Road because we didn't want to be late and the traffic in London is really busy. The students prepared their equipment on a stage truck were musicians play every day at different times, so that people have the opportunity to go there, get some food, and spend a nice evening listening to many different groups, artists, and musicians. Today they had the opportunity to listen to the unique Mark Twain Bellringers (I will try to post some video tomorrow). They did a great job, although the acoustic of the stage truck was not the best and the students had to play with a different line arrangement than usual, but they are really professional and adapted right away. They performed some of the adaptations of popular songs by Adele or Taylor Swift and people liked it very much. Each time they were greeted with a warm a loud applause. After the performance, we went to dinner (we must have been really excited because we broke three glasses accidentally), and then we got on the bus to return to Keynes College. On our way back, half of us fell asleep. It was a great day.


  1. WOW! I love all the photos! You all make me so proud of you! I look forward to the video.

  2. The video will be something simple and not too elaborate. Editing video takes me a lot of time, so for now I will upload simple versions of what I will elaborate later for our Mark Twain Youtube Channel.