Additional News from the Blogmistress

We've received additional information about our upcoming competition and would like to share it with you. It turns out that we are one of only 6 choirs competing in our division of the festival. The other choirs are from the Czech Republic (2), Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, and England. We are one of only 3 choirs from the United States competing at the festival -- the other two entrants were children's choirs.

We will compte on Saturday morning and we will be 5th in line out of 6 choirs. For those of you who may be interested in watching our performance live on the Llangollen webcast, we expect to be in our competition performance at about noon. For those not interested in getting up that early (especially you West Coasters), we will also be performing in the Choirs of the World concert that evening -- we will be performing FIRST and the concert begins at 7:30 pm local time. (That's 5 hours earlier than Eastern Daylight Savings time, if you are confused. So, we would be performing in the evening concert at 3:30 pm South Hadley time.)

The Blogmistress apologizes formally for the lack of photos in these recent entries. Although computer access is consistent, Internet access with that computer is not as regular since our arrival in the UK, making the process of transferring digital photos to the blog nearly impossible. We promise that we are taking lots of photos to share with friends and family back home and we will be sure to post these photos when we return to the States.

We are starting to get used to the weather here in the UK. It seems warmer in Wales than it was in London. The weather today in Cardiff (Thursday) is especially beautiful, with sunshine, warmth, and a light breeze, just like your favorite South Hadley spring day.

All over the news this morning is the hype of London winning their bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. People seem to be mostly ecstatic, with a few negative comments from the locals mixed in for good measure. For those who may be watching the news today, there seems to have been some sort of accident in the Tube in London -- please do not worry about us, since we left London yesterday. We are looking forward to singing in Chepstow tonight! --Cynthia, '00


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