Well, to begin with I can only thank The Filter^ Founder and Editor Anthony for a glowing introduction below - and for his visionary support of LSC's tour to Latvia over the past few months. Cheers Ant - and have a nice time 'en france'!
We're off to Riga in just under two weeks, but before we start blogging, I suppose I'd better explain a little about LSC and this whole project.
If you're familiar with my regular appearance on The Filter^ Review, you'll know that I'm generally concerned with music - and therefore (as I believe the spheres to be inseperable) with humanism, society, personal development, the global community and, essentially, with life as a human.
Forget your pre-concieved ideas about 'classical music' (a term which I avoid at all costs), whether forged irrationally or by the horrendous mis-representation of 'art music' (a term I prefer) by the media, and instead just think of our project as 15 good friends, travelling to a city to whom we owe a favour, having a great time, and happening to perform some incredible music to the highest possible standard whilst we're there (which is essentially just an everyday artistic process which happens thousands of times every day accross the world at the hands of artists, writers, film-makers and musicians). We'll also be marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of a remarkable Englishman - one of the greatest musicans this country has ever seen - Thomas Tallis.
Riga, Latvia's capital, backed Liverpool's successful bid to become European Capital of Culture, and so we thought that as we were due for an international tour (having toured extensively in the UK), we'd give Riga a go. LSC was formed in 2001, and is a group of singers aged 23-32 who specialise in performing 16-18th and 20-21st century English music and in having a good time together - we tend to believe that the more you practise the latter, the more visceral, honest and integral your performances of the former become.
That's it in a nutshell. We're off on Sunday 14th August, and are perfoming in Riga on the 16, 17 and 18 August. As this is quite a big thing for us, I (and other members of the LSC) will be blogging every day during our week in Riga - offering musical insights as well as commenting generally on Latvia as it marks one year of EU membership, fourteen years after independence from the Soviet Union. So, watch out, and thanks to all our supporters - notably the John Lewis Partnership, The Hemby Trust, and of course, The Filter^.
Join us if you can. There's not much happening on Big Brother.