Extravagant weekend in London

Last weekend was my first living in London and if it is any sort of indication of what life in London will be like, I’m excited 🙂

The band getting ready to play

We started off the weekend Friday evening meeting at the Tower of London after work for The Tower Festival. Ann had managed to get us tickets for two days at the festival and Friday it was The British Philharmonic Orchestra playing Classic Extravaganza. Before the concert we met up with a couple of local CouchSurfers at a pub and went to the venue with them afterwards. The concert was good and it was quite amazing sitting outside in central London listening to classical music. Here are two short video clips of the concert.

Saturday we went to The Barbican Centre which is a huge modern complex in the middle of London. It is a maze to figure out and although some call it The Ugliest Building in London I kind of like the place especially the inside has a very clean design in a 70s way with wood and concrete.

Handel Concert at the Barbican

We went to hear a special concert to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Händel’s death called Handel Remixed. For that celebration they had asked a couple of composers to reinterpret some of Händel’s works. The composers were at the concert as well taking applause after their piece had been played. I wasn’t really expecting much before the concert but was blown away once it started. Compared to the day before the sound was so crisp and clean. The music was also very captivating and I really enjoyed it even though I don’t know much about Händel or classical music.

Sunday we went back to The Tower of London for a day of World Music at The Tower Festival where five bands were playing. It started in the afternoon and they had encouraged people to bring a picnic, so that was what we did.

Ann at our spot

The bands we saw were Siyaya from Zimbabwe, Abdullah Chhadeh from Syria, Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara from UK/Gambia and Tony Allen from Nigeria. They were all good in their own ways but the one I enjoyed the most was Adams on electric guitar and Camara on a one stringed ritti playing “Afro-Blues”. It doesn’t get more worldly than that 🙂 Here is a short video of them playing.

What a weekend! Three separate events and we had more things planned that we didn’t make it out the door to. I’m looking forward to keep exploring London 🙂 Ann has written a lot more about the event’s of the weekend. Here are here stories for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Being in a big city like London there is such a multitude of things to do that our biggest problems are finding out what’s going on and choose what we want to do.
We have started an open calendar for the events we would like to do in order to keep track of things. If you are in London feel free to subscribe to it and let us know if you wan to join us for something.

Tina Dickow i Ann Arbor

Helt tilfældigt sad jeg mandag og kiggede på Arborweb.com for at se hvad der skete i byen. Og så opdagede jeg at Tina Dickow skulle spille i den lokale boghandel dagen efter! Til dem der ikke kender Tina Dickow har hun lagt nummer et på den danske hitliste da hendes seneste album udkom, hun er nomineret til tre Danish Music Awards og så er der udsolgt til alle hendes koncerter i Danmark.

Jeg har set hende et par gange i Danmark før, men hendes senest album udkom mens jeg var herover, så jeg havde ikke hørt andre numre end Nobodys man.

Hun spillede alene med hendes guitar (som var det eneste der ikke var blevet væk i lufthavnen på turen fra Montreal).

Tina Dico in Borders, Ann Arbor

Hun spillede en række numre fr adet nye album

Head Shop
Warm Sand
The City
Break of Day
Room with a View
Use Me
Back Where we Started

Og så fik jeg lokket et par venner med til noget dansk musik :) Indtil videre har jeg fået folk til at synge med på L.O.C. selv om de ikke forstår et ord – Kashmir og Raveonettes er også faldet i god jord hos et par stykker her i huset.

Tina Dico and us

Tina optræder til DMA lørdag kl. 20 på DR.