When Leah asked if the Sparrows could come to Bradford City Hall and rock the Mosaic Awards Evening, I thought - good opportunity for the New Sparrows to get some concert practice at posh venue. Sadly none of the New Sparrows were available on the day, so we cobbled together Old Sparrows, Foxwood and Steel Rising, and arrived in New Bradford in/on six different vehicles [three cars, one van, one train, one motorbike].
We were Me, Bex, Vicky, Wanda, Millie S, Claudia, Ashley, Yi Bai,
We discovered that thick carpet and voluminous velvet curtains play havoc with sound and timing, and it was a struggle at times to stay together.
We played as people arrived; we played as they networked at the end. In the middle these wonderful four girl singers from Swallow Hill played with one of them accompanying themselves on the keyboards. Ace.
Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows is a Leeds ArtForms City of Leeds Youth Music central ensemble. Leaders - Victoria Jaquiss, Bex Ainge. Rehearsals once a week in term time. Gigs - unexpectedly throughout the year, often working with adult steelbands: Foxwood and East Steel.