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Drive – April 26th – 30th

Drive – April 26th – 30th
Firstly, I must give a full update on my chat the other week with Portugese singer Vania Marotti – I spoke to her a couple of weeks ago on Phoenix on a Friday – and it was the Friday before her wedding day! There was I whittering away about how busy she must be getting things ready for touring and song-writing and Vania was actually getting married on the Sunday. I hope she’ll forgive me for my perhaps too nosey questions about the honeymoon. Anyway, it was great to speak to her from all the way across Europe (how trans-continental!) Actually Vania spends a lot of her time in London as well now, and came over here after playing in numerous concerts and appearing on Portugese talent shows such as their version of “Stars in their Eyes”. She also started training to be a lawyer, but always kept going with the music, and has now worked with acclaimed songwriters Russ Ballard and Chris Winter to put together a new album – and the songs sound really epic – a real mix of old-school rock and, kind of, gothic pop – think Meatloaf meets Kate Bush with a bit of the credible bits of Eurovision thrown in. Anyway, it was really nice to speak to her, and Vania is obviously now making the music she wants to, with a whole range of influences - a release and tour of the album is up-coming this year – for the latest info go to www.myspace.com/vaniamarottimusic to check out Vania’s music.
Still, who’d want to be in Lisbon when you can be in the good ol' U of sunny K?!
Also spoke this week to Anne Veale of the Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society about their upcoming “Last Night of the Proms” in Brentwood. It’s a real festival of music like the London Proms – the 120 vocal choral singers will be performing classics like Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. Should be a great Saturday night out – it’s at 7.30 this Saturday (May 8th) at the Brentwood Centre – for tickets call Byron Davies on 01277 810 757 or from the Brentwood Centre on 215151. Tickets are from £5.00 to £13.00
They’re also holding an open audition for new singers to join Essex’s premier vocal choir – they’re really looking for any young singers who can broaden the age range in the group as previously, of course, youngsters move on to Uni, or work elsewhere, and it sounds great that they’re keeping on trying to give the society a fresh feel constantly – if you do want to learn how to sing – maybe get some grounding for that future pop career?! – or to just stretch the vocal chords (it sounds great, singing can improve your voice, even posture and breathing etc.) head along to the audition by getting in touch with Angela Watkins on 01277 810256 or e-mail info@hscs.org.uk
And I also spoke to Wendy Waite from Brentwood Stroke Club this week – they offer a vital service offering people who have suffered from a stroke a chance to meet up every week on a Tuesday afternoon between 2 and 4 at St. Peters Church Hall, Claughton Way, Hutton – and they’re hosting an open day soon as well for people to find out more – it’s Tuesday May 11th at the hall between 2.00 and 4.00pm – for more information you call Wendy on 01277 229080. Wendy talked about how hard it is for people who get treatment for a stroke, and then have to go home when they are well enough to leave hospital, but then have to deal with the after-effects of it themselves, with the burden perhaps falling on family members to then care for them. The club provides an opportunity for people to just meet up and enjoy themselves. Do head along to the open day if it’s something you think you’d be interested in.
The headline hits this week! Were:
Monday - there wasn’t as much volcanic ash as was supposed in the sky story – I was right and you were wrong - Deacon Blue - Then Jericho – Big Area (that was supposedly covered by smoke, that is)
Tuesday – Whitney’s terrible concert – I hung my head – Jonny Cash, When Love breaks down, Prefab Sprout
Wednesday – new survey says girls aged 14 are the most troublesome children – Avril Lavigne – Don’t Tell Me, Ever fallen in love, the Undertones – Papa Don’t Preach, Madonna.
Friday – survey says luck does affect things after all –  Lucky Star, Madge, Oh lucky you – Lightening Seeds, I should be so Lucky – Kylie, and a bit of Superstition by Stevie after as well.
Who needs luck with music like that.
Drive every weekday afternoon between 3 and 7 on Phoenix FM.

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