Friday, November 24, 2006

Genesis, more books and Morricone

I've been a Genesis fan, or more strictly a fan of "Genesis-before-1980", ever since a relative introduced me to their music when I was about 15. I've always enjoyed their material from the Peter Gabriel era, and some of the earlier albums with Phil Collins as front man, but I became increasingly disillusioned with the more "poppy" flavour he started to introduce later in the band's history. I've seen them several times in concert, so I was thrilled when they recently announced their reunion tour. This morning I managed to book a couple of tickets for their gig at Twickenham Stadium, which is the day after Crouch End Festival Chorus's summer concert in Cambridge. Hopefully they'll slip in a few more of the early songs than they did when they last toured in the mid-1990s.

CEFC is preparing for its next exciting gig performing the music of Ennio Morricone at the Hammersmith Apollo on 1st and 2nd December. This has been a long time coming - the earlier planned gigs in the summer were cancelled at the last moment, but it looks as though everything will go as planned this time around. This will be the third time we've played with Morricone in the UK, and I was lucky enough to be able to meet and chat with the maestro when the choir first worked with him. Hopefully I'll be able to get a few good photos this time which I promise to blog.

Another 10 books from the 1001 today:

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre, Villette
Anne Brontë: Agnes Grey
Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton
Charles Dickens: Bleak House, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations
George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss