There are times when the whole world knowing you're a fan of a certain curly dude brings delightful bonuses - today was one of them! A friend whose boys attend Warwick School (which is just down the road from me) emailed me a week or two ago to say "Lee Mead's coming to the school for the Commemoration Festival, do you want to come?" I didn't need asking twice!
The weather gods were smiling despite the gloomy forecast, and the playing fields were full of pupils past and present, their families and friends, all celebrating the 1100th birthday of this fine old school. There were craft stalls and food tents, beer, Pimms and ice creams, fairground rides and a packed bill of musical entertainment with Lee one of the early highlights, so we found ourselves a place on the grass in front of the Festival Stage and enjoyed the sunshine a while.
Lee was introduced and the crowd applauded as a long stream of boys filtered onto the stage and took their places alongside the musicians - the choir and band from the school's summer term production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Lee followed them on, saying a few words to the assembled crowd before the familiar opening notes of Any Dream Will Do rang out...
I hope the photographs below capture the atmosphere of a very happy and relaxed performance - my compliments to the choir and band, and all who followed them later in the afternoon - the school has nurtured many talented musicians.
Last updated: 6 December 2014