Well hello, 18th century aficionados! After such a hectic weekend, I write this reclining on my Louis XVI chaise longue, listening to the quartet and eating pastel-coloured macaroons in the sunshine. We have just had the most wonderful weekend., and weather to match. Lady Georgianna had a whistle-stop tour of the West Midlands, starting with Droitwich’s Salt Day festival, singing, playing and wandering round fanning ourselves. Next stop was the sold-out performance at Birmingham Artsfest, with the most wonderful audience that pleased me greatly by laughing in all the right places and singing along. The prize of one of our new CDs was won by none other than the Duke of Wellington! Sunday saw us in Shakespeare’s Stratford, at a wedding fair in the Stratford Hotel, a vision of half-timbered loveliness, and then back to Artsfest for a pirate-themed song and dance workshop which was enjoyed by all. Wandering through the city centre, Isabella and I came across some ernest young men performing a Japanese sword fighting demonstration, and it was all I could do to prevent our lovely cellist challenging them to a duel! I extend the warmest welcome to those who have recently met us, and also to our long-standing friends that have been greatly missed during our summer vacation. I do hope you like the new look of our website and continue to visit us. As always, please leave your comments and news for us to peruse. Your faithful servant, Allegra
As you can see, the dates page is filling up. Please do set aside the time to come see us in Moseley- we’ve got two shows- one in October and one in November. We are serious about the costumes in November, by the way! Wear something ghostly or your best masqued ball attire– like the Venetian carnivals… or any other type of mask…. Also we are super thrilled as our DVD/CD is now back from the pressing and it’s looking fabulous. Which means you can see it too! —-Love from the Signora
I know we’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front, but that’s not because we’ve been resting on our laurels! We’re hoping to get some new publicity photos soon, featuring our new frocks, and I’ve been making matching accessories. So, the other day, we all got together at my house for popcorn, “the Duchess” on Dvd and experimentation with hair. We want it big! We don’t care if big hair’s not quite in our period, it’s more fun. We tried on Hetti’s hair first, figuring we’d have to backcomb it. We had very little success until my darling bf lent his 90′s rocker expertise and showed us how to backcomb like pros. After half a bottle of hairspray…result! We quite fancied the idea of bergere hats too, and managed to find some cheap and cheerful Easter bonnets at a craft shop(hurrah for Easter) . One problem..wrong shape. !8th century bergeres have small, flattish cowns, and these had big curved ones. Following a youtube tutorial we doused them in warm water and reshaped, giving the drying a helping hand with a hairdryer. I cheated actually, I ended up cutting off the top, trimming down the sides and reattaching the top. Ever wondered how to make 18th century style hair accessories? Simple, plastic combs, glue gun and lots of feather/flowers/bows. Don’t burn yourself like I did!
Words from a letter of apprecation below, reproduced with permission. Dear Micaela, I am writing on behalf of the staff who organised the event on Monday 2nd March as part of the Dr. Samuel Johnson Tercentenary Celebrations. We wanted you to know how pleased we were with the musical performances. They were marvellous and established just the right tone and period atmosphere. The costumes were delightful and were the topic of several conversations. Members of Lady Georgianna were very professional throughout the evening and added significantly to the pleasure of our guests. We were asked by several people for your contact details which i will be delighted to forward to them. Please pass on our appreciation and thanks to your colleagues. Yours sincerely, Chris Hay, Service Development Librarian (Creative Arts)